Major overhaul of U.S. 40 to begin in Vandalia

Vandalia’s $2.4 million resurfacing project on U.S. Route 40 begins today.

Vandalia announced in July 2018 that U.S. 40 would be resurfaced as part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Urban Resurfacing Program to replace many state and U.S. routes.

Eighty percent of the project will be covered by federal funds, with oversight being the responsibility of the state, according to ODOT spokeswoman Mandi Dillon.

Vandalia will cover the remaining 20%, or $484,100 of the project.

The Dayton International Airport sits near this stretch of road, but the city does not expect travel to be impacted.

Those who are not from the area use Airport Access Road to get to the airport. Locals will see slower traffic flow than normal, according to Vandalia Communication Manager Rich Hopkins.

The project will stretch from Airport Access Road to Brown School Road. It is expected to be completed on Oct. 31. The second phase of the project will be from Brown School Road to the Taylorsville Dam and will start in the spring. Both phases will resurface nearly six miles of road.

About 20,000 vehicles use this road a day, according to Hopkins. Sections of the road will be closed during resurfacing, but the road will not entirely shut down.

“The road is used so often, it has wear and tear on the road and on travelers’ cars,” said Hopkins.

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