OTTAWA — Construction to widen Road 5 is expected to begin May 28, according the Putnam County Engineer’s Office.
Signs appeared along Road 5 at U.S. 224 and state Route 12 stating the road would be closed for 120 days beginning May 13. Construction and planning manager Troy Recker said the Engineer's Office put the signs up early to allow people time to find an alternative route.
“Of course the road will be open for local traffic for those residents who live along Road 5,” Recker said. He said if the weather cooperates, the actual construction will take about 100 days for the 5 miles of road between U.S. 224 and state Route 12.
The widening of the 6 miles of roadway between state Route 613 and U.S. 224 took 120 days and finished under budget.
Troy said work will start from the north end at U.S. 224. Most power-line relocation is complete, he said, except for an area a few miles north of Pandora and the relocation of the electric line from the substation at U.S. 224 to Road L.
The road will be widened from 20 feet to 24 feet and will include a two-foot stone berm on each side.
Because Road 5 already is 22 feet within the Pandora village limits, Recker said, it only will be widened 2 feet.
“This will be on the east side of the road,” he said. Recker also said the Engineer's Office plans to widen the intersection at state Route 12 and Road 5 as much as possible without needing to move the gas pumps or relocate Ted’s Market.
“We will have to move the sign at this location,” Recker said. The power pole on the northwest corner of the intersection will not be moved.
The bid for the road expansion was awarded to Bluffton Paving at a cost of $2,605,789.60. The county received a County Surface Transport Program grant for $5 million. The county will pay an additional $1 million into the project as its share. The county also received a 629 Economic Development Grant for $1 million for engineering, acquisition of properties and utility relocation.
The widening of Road 5 has been a contentious project in the county, with several residents protesting the widening and an ongoing lawsuit in Putnam County Common Pleas Court.
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