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Wed November 11, 2009 - Midwest Edition
The final phase of the expansion of U.S. 30 between Ohio 235 and Upper Sandusky was completed when an interchange at County Highway 330 and new U.S. 30 west of Upper Sandusky opened to traffic.
“There are a few signs yet to be installed and some minor pavement markings to be placed and that is all that remains to be done,” said Tim Burkepile, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
Work to eliminate the last two-lane segment of U.S. 30 in northwest Ohio in Hancock and Wyandot counties began in 2005. The new, four-lane highway was opened to traffic in November of last year which allowed motorists for the first time to travel four-lane U.S. 30 from the Indiana state line to Canton.
The completion of U.S. 30 through northwest Ohio marks the end of a 40-year plan to expand the route. The 26-mi., limited-access, four-lane highway was constructed on a new alignment one-half mi. south of the existing route. The project included interchanges at SR 235, U.S. Route 68 and State Route 37 in Hancock County, and at County Road 330 in Wyandot County.
Last year, transportation officials made the decision to delay the completion of the interchange at County Highway 330 in order to concentrate on getting the four-lane highway opened to traffic.
“It was always our goal to open the highway as soon as possible and we accomplished that by constructing the interchange last,” said Burkepile. “The opening of four-lane U.S. 30 could have occurred much later had we not made that decision,” he said.
The $98.8 million project was constructed under a joint venture between E. S. Wagner of Oregon and Shelly Co. of Findlay.