Ohio Department of Transportation spending over $2.4 million on a resurfacing project in Vandalia next year. STAFF PHOTO/NICK GRAHAM.

U.S. 40 to undergo major resurfacing through Vandalia

The U.S. Route 40 project is set to start sometime next year. The Ohio Department of Transportation says they could see the project start as early as August 2019.

While the airport is close by, the city does not expect the travel to be impacted. Those who are not from the area use Airport Access Road to get to the Dayton International Airport. The locals will see a slower traffic flow than normal, according to Vandalia Communication Manager Rich Hopkins.

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Director of Public Service Rob Cron put in a request to ODOT to resurface the portion of U.S. route 40 between Airport Access Road and Taylorsville Dam. The stretch of road to be resurfaced is 5.96 miles.

“Anytime we talk about getting infrastructure better, it’s huge,” said Hopkins. “We’re very happy it’s happening.”

This project is part of the Urban Resurfacing Program to replace many of Ohio’s state and U.S. routes.

“This program allocates funding to the district to fund eligible surface treatment and resurfacing projects on state and U.S. Routes within municipal corporations,” said Public Information Officer for ODOT Mandi Dillon.

District Seven has a budget of $3 million a year with four to five projects a year.

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Eighty percent of the more than $2.4 million for the project will be covered by federal funds with oversight being the responsibility of the state, according to Dillon. The other 20 percent of the project costs requires the commitment of the local government. Vandalia will cover $484,100 of the project.

There are about 20,000 vehicles that use this road a day, according to Hopkins. The road will not be closed during the resurfacing, but sections of the road will.

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

Contact Dillon at 937-497-6820 or Hopkins at 937-898-5891 for more information on the project.

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