2014-03-19 / News

Wyse: Wait For Rd. 24 Feasibility Study Before Holding Public Meeting

Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, said in a March 7 email message to this newspaper he doesn’t think holding a public meeting on the proposed realignment of St. Rt. 66 down Co. Rd. 24 will be helpful now.

“In the future, yes,” a meeting could be helpful, he said.

“There are so many more questions than there are answers at the present time. The findings of the feasibility study will need to be shared with everyone, and I think this information would best be disseminated by meeting with everyone,” he said.

A joint board of the Fulton and Henry County commissioners approved a $1.5 million feasibility study of the project during a Feb. 13 public hearing. That study could take 18 months, delaying a public meeting at least that long.

The proposal calls for Co. Rd. 24 to be rebuilt to state highway standards from US20A, northwest of Archbold, to US 6 in Henry County.

Co. Rd. 24 would then become St. Rt. 66.

The goal of the project is to get truck traffic out of Archbold, giving trucks faster, easier access to businesses on the west side of the village. Some say the road would be an advantage for economic development.

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