Future Elm Street
Local businesses
will remain Open
 

Come visit us throughout the
Elm Street Grade Separation project.

Rainbow Muffler
East Wind Chinese Restaurant
Little Ceasar's Pizza
CVS Pharmacy
Lee's Chicken
Deifendeifer Accounting
Joey's Subs
John Flack Dentistry
Wise Footwear
Chiles Laman Funeral Home
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The Elm Street
Grade Separation

Improvements include a railroad grade separation of the Indiana and Ohio Railway and a roundabout at the intersection of Elm Street and Bellefontaine Avenue.

Project Milestones & Progress

Open for Business in Lima

A Message From the Mayor

Project and Traffic Updates
Project Milestones
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Start date:
April 30, 2018
Bridge
Complete
Roundabout
Complete
Expected date
of completion:
November 15, 2019
Project Milestones
Expected date
of completion:
November 15, 2019
Roundabout
Complete
Bridge
Complete
Start date:
April 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Overall
Percent
Complete
7%
Progress graphics updated:
June 18, 2018
Open for Business
Lima businesses to remain open throughout the Elm St. Grade Separation Project.
List of Businesses
 
 
A Note From the Mayor
Mayor David Berger
 

Greetings!

A number of years ago as a part of the City of Lima’s strategic planning process, the beautification of the Bellefontaine & Market Street entrance to the city was identified and prioritized. This targeted effort focused on blight removal, installation of safety enhancements such as lighting and traffic signs and signals, and aesthetic improvements such as trees and signage. Thus, over the years, we have seen the transformation of the City’s most blighted neighborhood made possible by investments by many public and private entities. The Bellefontaine & Market Street corridor is now home to the Lima Senior High School Campus, Spartan Stadium, and the new Lima Stadium Park. Soon we will see the opening of Dominion Energy’s new corporate campus.

Throughout this period we have also been working to address the major bottleneck and safety constraint presented by the Indiana & Ohio Railroad crossing. Rail activities at this crossing tie up vehicular traffic multiple times each day for unpredictable, and often lengthy, periods of time. Many anecdotes have arisen regarding doctors, nurses and other safety personnel being unable able to access our hospitals as a result. The most high profile incident involved a train that nearly stopped President Oba ma’s motorcade out of the city following his visit here in 2012.

Beginning with the receipt of two federal earmarks totaling $2.4 million secured by U.S. Congressman Michael Oxley in 2005, the city has now put in place a total of $13.8 million to construct an underpass on East Elm Street. Also included in the project will be a traffic circle to be constructed at the Elm, Bellefontaine and Calumet intersection to facilitate thru traffic and Spartan Stadium traffic during events. This project is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2018 and be fully implemented by November 2019.

Many people and organizations are to be thanked for their help in making this project a reality, including the late Congressman Michael Oxley, ODOT Director Jerry Wray, ODOT District One Deputy Director Kirk Slusher, Lima Memorial Hospital, St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission, G&W Railroad, City of Lima Department of Public Works, City of Lima Department of Community Development, Lima City Council, American Structurepoint, DLZ, and the citizens of Lima.

We hope that you will use this website to stay up-to-date about route changes, road closures, and other project related events.

 
Project Updates
Check here for road closures, progress reports or other information.
POSTED: June 19, 2018
Weekly Update

Last week:

  1. Continued drilling shafts and installing soldier piles for the temporary wall supporting the shoofly.
  2. Began excavation for Elm St. beginning at Stadium Drive to Grove Street.
  3. Continued excavation for shoofly.
  4. Completed house removal.  All debris was removed from project.
  5. Seeding and Mulching on Park Access Drive.

This week:

  1. Completed installing soldier piles for temporary wall.
  2. Began drilling shafts and installing soldier piles for Retaining Wall #1.
  3. Continued excavating for shoofly.
  4. Place 304 stone and sub ballast for shoofly.
POSTED: June 19, 2018
Weekly Update

Last week:

  1. Continued drilling shafts and installing soldier piles for the temporary wall supporting the shoofly.
  2. Began excavation for Elm St. beginning at Stadium Drive to Grove Street.
  3. Continued excavation for shoofly.
  4. Completed house removal.  All debris was removed from project.
  5. Seeding and Mulching on Park Access Drive.

This week:

  1. Completed installing soldier piles for temporary wall.
  2. Began drilling shafts and installing soldier piles for Retaining Wall #1.
  3. Continued excavating for shoofly.
  4. Place 304 stone and sub ballast for shoofly.
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POSTED: June 18, 2018
Schedule Update

Please see the current schedule overview for the project.

POSTED: June 18, 2018
Schedule Update

Please see the current schedule overview for the project.

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POSTED: May 10, 2018
Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Project kicked-off today with the groundbreaking ceremony! A special thanks to all who attended!

POSTED: May 10, 2018
Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Project kicked-off today with the groundbreaking ceremony! A special thanks to all who attended!

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POSTED: May 2, 2018
Road Closures

The City’s contractor will be closing E. Elm Street between Grove Avenue and Shawnee Street on May 2nd and will remain closed for the duration of the project.

POSTED: May 2, 2018
Road Closures

The City’s contractor will be closing E. Elm Street between Grove Avenue and Shawnee Street on May 2nd and will remain closed for the duration of the project.

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POSTED: April 30, 2018
Breaking Ground

The City of Lima’s contractor, Eagle Bridge, began construction on April 30th.  Expected completion: November 2019