The Ohio Department of Transportation has made its decision on the Harding Highway sidewalks. I am pleased to report that most of the project will be accomplished. There will be sidewalks on the south side of the highway from Interstate 75 to Devonshire Drive and may be extended to the Allen County Fairgrounds. The work will begin in the spring of 2013 as part of the safety upgrade to the state Routes 117/309 corridor. There will be sidewalks on the north side of the highway from I-75 to Willard Avenue covering the business area and from Lost Creek Boulevard to Devonshire Drive, which will safely connect the Country Club Hills Twin Lakes and Lost Creek neighborhoods. There will be no financial or maintenance responsibilities imposed on Bath or Perry townships. We want to thank the many people who wrote letters of support for this project. These sidewalks will create greater accessibility to fixed route transit services, equity for the poor and disabled, pedestrian safety, active healthy transportation options, improved emissions and support clean air as well as increase property values and outdoor activities. Also, it links our east-side neighborhoods with the city of Lima. Although there will be no north-side concrete sidewalks between Willard Avenue and Lost Creek Boulevard, ODOT will grade the property and install ADA crossings at each signalized intersection. The objections of a few Lost Creek residents prevented this federally funded project from connecting these intersections with concrete. Eventually, the property owners will wish the concrete was part of this paid project.
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