ODOT public meeting outlines ‘Gateway to Islands’ on Rt. 2/Rt. 53

Jul 5, 2023 | Around Ottawa County | 1 comment

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will hold an open house public meeting to share details of an upcoming highway project on State Route 2/State Route 53 and State Road in Port Clinton.

The open house will be held Tuesday, July 11 at the Liberty Aviation Museum adjacent to the Ottawa County airport in conference room No. 1, 3515 E. State Road, Port Clinton.

Participants may come any time between 4-7 p.m. as no formal presentation will be made. Officials with ODOT and representatives of ODOT’s contractor and consultant for the project will be available throughout the designated time.

The intersection safety improvement project, designated as the “Gateway to the Islands,” will construct a roundabout at the westbound leg of State Route 2/State Route 53, construct a roundabout at the State Route 53 and State Road intersection, widen State Route 53 (S.E. Catawba Road) from the interchange to State Route 163, add a two-way turn lane throughout the corridor, add sidewalk, and upgrade curb ramps.

Work that will restrict traffic on State Route 53 is tentatively scheduled to begin in late July. Road closures for the project will not occur until after Labor Day.

“We want to provide business owners and the public an opportunity to get answers to their questions directly from those who planned and will execute the project,” said Patrick McColley, ODOT District 2 deputy director.

Miller Brothers Construction, Inc., of Archbold, Ohio, is the contractor for the $11 million project,which is scheduled for completion late in 2024.

Contact: ODOT District 2 public information office (419) 373-4428; D02.PIO@dot.ohio.gov.

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1 Comment

  1. Mary Howard

    Not a good idea. They evidently don’t live here. Work here or drive here.
    Waste of money


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