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State funding sought for road, interchange improvements

Paving nine county roads and interchange improvements to aid traffic at The Point industrial park are among projects the county’s Transportation Improvement District wants funded.

At the quarterly TID meeting Thursday, County Engineer Doug Cade nominated the following roads to partner with Ohio Department of Transportation for resurfacing funding as federal aid routes: County Road 17, 31, 5, 1-A, 29, 15, 18, 107 and 26.

It is estimated to be a $5.7 million project.

“These are county roads that are considered major collectors,” Cade said. “Our county paving program because of the number of miles, we have a 21-year paving cycle. This will hopefully allow us to shorten up these paving cycles and get down to a reasonable time and pave some new roads.”

Possible funding sources would include ODOT’s TID funding program and the county engineer’s capital improvement fund.

“A lot of them are in decent shape, but with the program being out there for the next seven years we need to make sure we are proactive,” Cade said.

Lawrence Economic Development Corp. director Dr. Bill Dingus nominated the Solida Road-U.S. 52 interchange with the goal of handling increased truck traffic coming out of The Point industrial park. That project is expected to cost $2 million.

ODOT also wants to partner with the TID to make improvements at the intersections of U.S. 52 and County Road 15 and County Road 1, two of the highest crash sites in the county.

“We want to make sure of some type of improvement to reduce the number of crashes,” Cade said.