BOWLING GREEN — With the recent award of grant funds from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Safety Program to convert the at-grade intersection of U.S. Route 24 and County Road 17D into a diamond interchange, the Rte. 24 median at County Road P will be permanently closed.
According to ODOT, its crews, with the support of the Henry County commissioners, will permanently close the median and make Rte. 24 at Road P a right in, right out intersection.
From Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 26, there will be no access to or from Road P to or from Rte. 24, plus lane restrictions are possible on Rte. 24 near Road P. During this two-week process, crews will remove old pavement, install signage and plant grass.
This work will permanently close the median at Road P and the access to and from Rte. 24 at the intersection becomes right turns only.
The interchange at Road 17D will also result in the elimination of left-turns at three more at-grade intersections — Banner School Road, County Road 17 and Township Road 16.
With a $2 million local contribution, the interchange project will cost approximately $11 million and is expected to begin in 2022.
In addition to the Road 17D interchange, ODOT Safety Program funds were also awarded for a project to convert the ramp intersection at State Route 108 and westbound Rte. 24 in the City of Napoleon to a modern roundabout and install sidewalks.
With a 10 percent local match, this approximately $4 million project is expected to begin in 2021.