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US 23 and State Route 294 Interchange Connection gets Green Light for Design

LIMA, OH — The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announces plans to construct a new interchange at the intersection of U.S. 23 and State Route 294 in southern Wyandot County.

"Constructing an interchange at this location is vital to enhancing safety along the U.S. 23 corridor," said Chris Hughes, ODOT District 1 Deputy Director. "By controlling access to the divided highway, which has seen increasing traffic volumes, we can significantly improve safety."

The new project has received funding for the design phase though Ohio’s Major Investments program, paving the way for a potential groundbreaking in 2027, pending construction funding availability.

The new interchange is a key component of ODOT’s strategy to reduce serious and fatal crashes on the divided highway. Once a full interchange is open and operating, ODOT will move to close four at-grade intersections nearby: Township Highway 68, Township Highway 74, Township Highway 72, and Township Highway 65.

A public meeting is slated for late 2024 to gather community feedback and thoughts on the preliminary design concepts.

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In 2021, an effort to reduce the serious and fatal crashes at the intersections in the section of U.S. 23 included a Restricted Crossing U-turn at State Route 294, and access modifications at six other intersections was shelved due to community feedback.

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