Two state highways in Williams County will experience temporary closures this month, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Currently, Ohio 34, between county roads 6 and 7.H, is closed through Friday, June 14, for two culvert replacements. The detour is Ohio 49 to U.S. 6 to Ohio 576.
And Ohio 576, between county roads H and I, will be closed for 12 days starting Monday, June 17, through Thursday, June 28, also for culvert replacement. The detour is Ohio 107 to Ohio 15 to Ohio 34.
Williams County has an unusually large number of state roadway and bridge projects going on this summer. ODOT has seven road/bridge projects in progress or scheduled to begin soon, totaling more than $20 million.
It’s not clear if this is a record number of ODOT projects and expenditures in the county, but ODOT projects generally total less than $10 million annually. ODOT officials said it was just chance that an unusual number of projects came due at the same time.
“We definitely noticed there was a lot more activity in Williams County this year,” said Rebecca Dangelo, ODOT District 2 spokesperson.
Other ODOT Williams County road projects in progress:
• Ohio 191 resurfacing and bridge replacement: Through June, 191 is closed between Industrial Road and County Road G, in Stryker, for replacement of the bridge over the Tiffin River. The detour: Ohio 2 to Ohio 66 to U.S. 20A.
• U.S. 127 resurfacing: Work continues through July, with lane restrictions possible on 127 anywhere between Ohio 15 and West Unity.
• Ohio 107 resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation: Through August, lane restrictions are scheduled on 107 between Montpelier and Ohio 15. Pedestrian access is maintained over the bridge between North Airport Road/County Road 13 and County Road 12.5.
• U.S. 6 bridge replacements: Through September, U.S. 6 is restricted to one lane between county roads 20 and 23 for a pair of bridge replacements. Traffic is maintained at both construction sites with a temporary traffic signal.
ODOT officials also emphasize safety — for both motorists and ODOT and private construction workers — during the road construction season.
Last year in Ohio, 4,662 crashes in work zones occurred. Rear-end crashes are the most common type of work zone crash with speeding and following too closely being the top factors, according to Chris Hughes, ODOT District 1 deputy director.
ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks advised motorists to slow down and drive with extra caution through work zones.
“You are endangering the life of another human being when you speed through work zones,” Marchbanks said.