ODOT seeks comment on SR 321 bridge


By Greg Manson



As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation District 9’s Planning & Engineering Department, the district’s environmental office is seeking public input on the following bridge rehabilitation project on SR 321 in Highland County.

It is proposed to rehabilitate a bridge on SR 321, between Wildcat Road and Mills Road, in White Oak Township. Situated over a tributary of the East Fork White Oak Creek, the existing corrugated metal pipe arch structure was constructed in 1964 and will be lined with an 11’ 8” x 6’ 11” corrugated metal pipe arch. No new or temporary right of way will be acquired for the project, and no habitat for the federally endangered Indiana bat and the federally threatened northern long-eared bat will be removed.

The project is expected to be awarded in the spring of 2017, and a road closure may be necessary in order to complete construction. Additional information, including a complete description, maps and plans sheets, is available online at www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D09/Pages/Public-Involvement-Process.aspx.

Issues the public may wish to comment on include the effect on local residents, air quality, the local economy, and historic or cultural resources. Written comments should be submitted by May 16, 2016, or the deadline date that is posted on the web site, to:

Submitted by Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 environmental supervisor.

By Greg Manson

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