|ODOT will build retaining walls along Rt. 65|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:22|
The Ohio Department of Transportation will build retaining walls to address an eroding slope that threatens state routes along the Maumee River, rather than relocate the roads.
ODOT announced the decision Tuesday.
Alternatives to correct the problem along Ohio 65 and a joint section of Ohio 64/65 were presented at a public meeting last month, with options for moving the roadway further inland billed as the most cost-effective options. Those projects would have required property be acquired from a handful of residents in the two areas, and road relocation on Ohio 65 called for the removal of a home that once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, among other historical significance.
At the meeting, residents questioned both the need for the project and the accuracy of cost estimates in presenting relocation as the best option.
Road-side retaining walls are estimated to cost $2.7 million along Ohio 65 and about $3 million for Ohio 64/65. There is expected to be some right-of-way acquisition to install the walls, but neither project calls for residents to be displaced.
The next step for the project will be to finalize design plans for both areas. Construction on the projects is scheduled to begin in 2015.
Information on the preferred alternatives is available at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D02/Pages/SR-64-SR-65-Slide.aspx
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