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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Ohio State Route 61

20 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

We continue our series “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on Richland County ‘s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks. In particular, we are continuing our look at the county’s collection of highways and byways.

Today, we look at a state highway which may not be the most exciting route in Ohio, but nevertheless starts (or stops, depending on your perspective) in Delaware County, travels through several other counties, and finishes within a stone’s throw of Lake Erie.

We’re talking about Ohio State Route 61, which has its southern terminus at the US36/State Route 37/Interstate 71 intersection near Sunbury. It travels from that point over 91 miles to a junction with US Route 6 near Huron and Vermilion. More…

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Is Amtrak On Its Way To Or Through Richland County?

8 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

It has been many, many decades since Richland County enjoyed passenger rail service that connected to other parts of the country.

And, while proposals have been advanced over the years for the possibility of such service along the old “Big Four” line between Cleveland and Columbus, with possible stops in Shelby and/or Galion, those plans have not met with sufficient political and financial support to see them advance past a planning stage.

A new voice is now joining in that proposal.

The National Rail Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak, has unveiled what it has termed its “Amtrak System 2035” plan. The proposal, shared by the Rail Passengers Association, is focused on enhancing the country’s rail system within the next 15 years. More…

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Norfolk Southern Petitions To Lower Capacity On Rail Line Through Mansfield

13 Apr , 2020  

Online railroading forums and social media were buzzing recently after Norfolk Southern Corporation petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration to reduce capacity on the Fort Wayne Line, which runs through Richland County.

The line runs in a northwest to southeast direction through Lucas and Mansfield; to the east it runs to Wooster and Alliance, and to the west to Bucyrus.

The petition, filed on March 20, calls for removal of approximately 32.6 miles of double track main line and converting the same into single signaled bi-directional track. The reason shared for this change is “line rationalization and system improvement.” More…

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About US 30 And The Rehabilitation Project

6 Apr , 2020  

NOTE – This post from 2019 has been updated with additional information concerning the major rehabilitation project getting underway this spring.

It’s the latest in our “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” series — today looking one of the main transportation routes in Richland County and north central Ohio – US 30. More…

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Ohio Goes Uber

8 Feb , 2019  

In a recent press release, car-sharing phemon Uber announced that it was now available from Ashtabula to Cincinnati and all across the Buckeye State.

“Whether in Dayton, Toledo, Columbus or anywhere in between, Ohioans will be able to hit the road and earn or request a ride to get wherever they need to go,” the company said. More…

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Behind The Wheel: Will Mansfield Join Other Ohio Cities In Embracing Driverless Cars?

28 Nov , 2018  

The State of Ohio has announced an expansion of the Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Program, created earlier this year by Governor Kasich. That program links private industry with cities interested in serving as testing sites for autonomous and connected vehicle technology.

While Mansfield has not been publicized as expressing an interest, Athens, Columbus, Dublin, and Marysville have signed agreements with DriveOhio, the state’s center for smart mobility, to test autonomous and connected vehicles along with other smart mobility infrastructure. More…

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Richland And Crawford Bridge Repair Projects Begin

3 Apr , 2018  

One thing is for sure – as you travel around the area from now through the fall, you are bound to see a bridge or two being repaired.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, those projects begin this week with bridge work on the State Route 4 bridge over US30 near Bucyrus, which will result in intermittent single land closures on US30 westbound and SR4 southbound. Crews will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction at all times. Completion is scheduled for May. More…

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AARP Senior Driving Program Dates Set For Remainder Of 2018

12 Mar , 2018  

The AARP Driver Safety Program, sponsored by Richland Public Health, will have a class on Tuesday, March 27. The class will be in the Corley Room (lower level, rear parking lot, back entrance) at Richland Public Health, 555 Lexington Ave., Mansfield. More…

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Senator Obhof Talks Transportation

17 Apr , 2017  

This past week, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, who represents Richland County as a part of Ohio Senate District 22, issued a press release concerning the recently-passed biennial transportatation budget.

In a previous 1812Blockhouse article, we referenced the 2017 construction program for District 3 of the Ohio Department of Transportation; that article can be accessed at this location.

Senator Obhoff’s release follows. More…

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Senior Driving Course Available

14 Mar , 2017  

The AARP Driver Safety Program, sponsored by Richland Public Health, will have its first class of 2017 on Tuesday, March 21. The class will be in the Corley Room (lower level parking lot) at Richland Public Health, 555 Lexington Ave.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom refresher course for motorists age 50 and older. The class is a one-day four-hour course that keeps older drivers up-to-date on changes in our roadways and vehicles as well as how to compensate for normal age-related driving changes. More…

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Dinner Guests Hear About Driverless Cars

20 Jan , 2017  

On Wednesday night, the Richland County Regional Planning Commission held their Annual Dinner at Westbook Country Club.

The event featured keynote speakers Jason Sudy, AICP and founder of Side Street Planning and Justin Robbins, AICP and Senior Planner at OHM on the topic, “The Next Disruptive Technology: How Autonomous Cars Will Fundamentally Reshape Our Cities.” More…

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Holiday Travel In Ohio: Stay Alert And Be Prepared

24 Dec , 2016  

The Ohio Department of Transportation has issued its annual holiday driving alert.

Ohio highways will be full of travelers for the holidays. Traffic volumes in Ohio increase an average of 37 percent for the Christmas holiday and 33 percent for New Year’s Day. The last time the holiday fell on a Sunday – 2011 – the busiest travel days were the Thursday before Christmas and the Monday after Christmas. More…

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Richland Public Health Issues Winter Weather Driving Advisory

5 Dec , 2016  

Ohio may have dodged bad weather so far, but make no mistake: Winter is coming.

Richland Public Health and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are reminding all county residents to get ready for winter driving season. More…

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Ohio To Create First Smart Road

3 Dec , 2016  

While this story is not Mansfield or Richland County-centric, it does involve a major announcement by the State of Ohio related to transportation. As a community situated on a major interstate highway going north and south, and another limited access highway going east and west, the future of how Ohioans get from place to place is sure to have an impact here – and the future is arriving quicker than you might think. More…

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Ohio Encourages Driver Safety This Thanksgiving

22 Nov , 2016  

Thanksgiving is the holiday with the most travelers on the road each year and this year will be no exception. AAA is predicting 2 million Ohioans will be traveling at least 50 miles from home for the holiday, a 2.1 percent increase over last year and the highest number since 2005. Nationally, 48.7 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving. More…

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