July 26, 2008

Thayer Road Reopening Celebrated

By Rachelle Pavelko, The Lima News, Ohio

Jul. 26--BATH TOWNSHIP -- One Lima roadway project is finally done.

Thayer Road between Reservoir Road and state Route 81 opened at 9 a.m. Friday with a ceremony led by Allen County Engineer Tim Piper.

The construction of the new Procter & Gamble Co. Distribution Center was the catalyst for the road improvement project. With the new center just east of Thayer Road on Reservoir Road, many thought it necessary for Thayer Road to be improved to increase the safety of the vehicular traffic, especially semitrailers.

"We just initially thought, 'If it's important to P&G -- it's important to our community," County Commissioner Greg Sneary said.

The project construction took place in two phases, the first of which was finished in 2006. At the conclusion of phase two, the pavement has now been widened by four feet, the right-of-way has been widened by 20 feet, and the vertical alignment of the roadway has been redesigned to take out the major peaks and valleys.

Contractor Randy Jones of R.D. Jones Excavating Inc., said, "The thing that costs contractors is delays, and we never had that problem. Everything just ran smoothly."

Allen County received an Ohio Department of Development Grant for $2 million for the project. The grant was available due to P&G's expansion and the subsequent enhancement it will bring to the local economy. Total project costs rounded out to $1.75 million, coming in well under budget.

Piper was joined by the past regional economic development director of the Ohio Department of

Development, Judy Cowan, and Rod Nueveman from the Ohio Department of Transportation. County Commissioners Dan Reiff, Sam Bassitt, Bruce Wells and Sneary were in attendance, as well as representatives from R.D. Jones Excavating Inc. and P&G.

"This is truly a community success," Todd Hoffman, Lima P&G plant manager, said. "The support from everyone has been incredible, and people working in the facility love it."

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