Motorists who frequently travel St. Rt. 66 through northern Henry County will have to contend with a detour, as the Ohio Department of Transportation will close the road for several weeks.
It’s part of a $3.6 million project that will see culverts replaced and resurfacing done on St. Rt. 66 and portions of St. Rt. 2 repaved.
ODOT said beginning Friday, June 15, St. Rt. 66 will be closed from US 6 north to Henry Co. Rd. W.
The official detour is St. Rt. 2 and St. Rt. 34.
St. Rt. 34 at the St. Rt. 66 intersection will remain open throughout the project.
The closure is expected to last through the month of August.
St. Rt. 2
Included in the project is resurfacing of St. Rt. 2 from the Williams County line to North Defiance Street in downtown Archbold, then from Lutz Road north to the Co. Rd. E-St. Rt. 2 intersection north of the village.
The resurfacing would have resulted in intermittent lane restrictions on St. Rt. 2, but ODOT officials announced last week the resurfacing project has been postponed until further notice.
But at least one portion of the project has been underway.
Bob Seaman, engineer of the Village of Archbold, said ODOT contractors have been working at intersections along Stryker and North Defiance Streets, replacing ramps at sidewalk intersections to bring them up to federal ADA, or Americans With Disabilities Act, compliance.
That includes adding panels with “truncated dome” protrusions.
Seaman explained for a blind person, the domes serve as a warning that they are about to enter a street.
The panels are required anytime federal money is involved in a project, he said.
Gerken Paving, Napoleon, is the contractor on the ODOT project.
In the meantime, two crews from E.R. Zeiler Excavating, Inc., Temperance, Mich., have been busy in Archbold rebuilding streets in the Lugbill addition.
The project includes three streets: North Buehrer Street from West Lugbill Road to Burke Street, Schlatter Street from Lindau Street to South Defiance Street, and Burke from North Buehrer to South Defiance Street.
The project includes replacement of old sanitary sewers, some storm sewers, and waterlines.
The company posted an aggressive construction schedule, but Seaman said with the lack of rain delays, the work is ahead of schedule.
One of the company’s two crews is currently installing the underground pipelines, while the second is working on connecting homes in the neighborhood to the new lines.
The old sanitary sewer lines were in the back of houses. Workers are trenching around the houses from the back to the front, so the homes can be connected to the new sanitary lines.
Zeiler was the low bidder on the project, offering to complete the job for $1,002,375.
The village received a $250,000 grant from the State of Ohio to reconstruct the streets.–David Pugh