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
28%
Progress graphics updated:
November 26, 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: November 26, 2018
Update

Last Week:

1. Completed the 20” water main installation along Shawnee and Elm Street.
2. Completed the 8” water line installation on Shawnee Street.
3. Began installing the 12” water line along Elm Street east of the proposed railroad bridge.
4. Placed topsoil and seeded along the new sidewalk in front of the Family of Faith Church.

This Week:

1. Perform required tests on new water lines on Elm and Shawnee Street in preparation of putting them in service.

POSTED: November 26, 2018
Update

Last Week:

1. Completed the 20” water main installation along Shawnee and Elm Street.
2. Completed the 8” water line installation on Shawnee Street.
3. Began installing the 12” water line along Elm Street east of the proposed railroad bridge.
4. Placed topsoil and seeded along the new sidewalk in front of the Family of Faith Church.

This Week:

1. Perform required tests on new water lines on Elm and Shawnee Street in preparation of putting them in service.

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POSTED: November 12, 2018
Update

Last Week:

1. Continued the 20” water main installation along Shawnee and Elm Streets.
2. Completed replacing curb, sidewalk, and drive approaches at the Family of Faith Church parking lot removed during the 42” storm sewer installation.
3. Begin excavation for the proposed railroad structure ALL-ELM-0.81 behind the temporary retaining wall #1 in preparation for installing the first row of tiebacks.

This Week:

1. Complete the 20” water main installation along Shawnee and Elm Streets.
2. Continue excavation for the proposed railroad structure ALL-ELM-0.81 behind the temporary retaining wall #1 in preparation for installing the first row of tiebacks.
3. Install oak lagging planks between the H-pile for the proposed temporary retaining wall #1 required to support the embankment beneath the railroad during the construction of the bridge.

POSTED: November 12, 2018
Update

Last Week:

1. Continued the 20” water main installation along Shawnee and Elm Streets.
2. Completed replacing curb, sidewalk, and drive approaches at the Family of Faith Church parking lot removed during the 42” storm sewer installation.
3. Begin excavation for the proposed railroad structure ALL-ELM-0.81 behind the temporary retaining wall #1 in preparation for installing the first row of tiebacks.

This Week:

1. Complete the 20” water main installation along Shawnee and Elm Streets.
2. Continue excavation for the proposed railroad structure ALL-ELM-0.81 behind the temporary retaining wall #1 in preparation for installing the first row of tiebacks.
3. Install oak lagging planks between the H-pile for the proposed temporary retaining wall #1 required to support the embankment beneath the railroad during the construction of the bridge.

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POSTED: October 29, 2018
Update

Last week:

1. Continue 36” storm sewer installation along the north side of
Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Continue 20” waterline relocation along Shawnee Street.
3. Continue replacing curb, sidewalk, and the 42” storm sewer trenches in the bike path, the drive to Lima Senior Stadium, and the Family of Faith Church parking lot.

This week:

1. Complete 36” storm sewer installation along the north side of
Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Continue 20” waterline relocation along Shawnee Street and Elm Street.
3. Continue replacing curb, sidewalk, and the 42” storm sewer trenches in the bike path, the drive to Lima Senior Stadium, and the Family of Faith Church parking lot.

POSTED: October 29, 2018
Update

Last week:

1. Continue 36” storm sewer installation along the north side of
Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Continue 20” waterline relocation along Shawnee Street.
3. Continue replacing curb, sidewalk, and the 42” storm sewer trenches in the bike path, the drive to Lima Senior Stadium, and the Family of Faith Church parking lot.

This week:

1. Complete 36” storm sewer installation along the north side of
Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Continue 20” waterline relocation along Shawnee Street and Elm Street.
3. Continue replacing curb, sidewalk, and the 42” storm sewer trenches in the bike path, the drive to Lima Senior Stadium, and the Family of Faith Church parking lot.

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POSTED: October 22, 2018
Update

Last week:

1. Completed installation of the 42” storm sewer along the north side of Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Began the installation of a 36” storm sewer along the north side of Bellefontaine Avenue.
3. Began replacing curb, sidewalk, and the 42” storm sewer trenches in the bike path, in the drive to Lima Senior Stadium, and in the Family of Faith Church parking lot.

This week:

1. Continue 36” storm sewer installation along the north side of
Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Continue 20” waterline relocation along Shawnee Street.
3. Continue replacing curb, sidewalk, and the 42” storm sewer trenches in the bike path, in the drive to Lima Senior Stadium, and in the Family of Faith Church parking lot.

POSTED: October 22, 2018
Update

Last week:

1. Completed installation of the 42” storm sewer along the north side of Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Began the installation of a 36” storm sewer along the north side of Bellefontaine Avenue.
3. Began replacing curb, sidewalk, and the 42” storm sewer trenches in the bike path, in the drive to Lima Senior Stadium, and in the Family of Faith Church parking lot.

This week:

1. Continue 36” storm sewer installation along the north side of
Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Continue 20” waterline relocation along Shawnee Street.
3. Continue replacing curb, sidewalk, and the 42” storm sewer trenches in the bike path, in the drive to Lima Senior Stadium, and in the Family of Faith Church parking lot.

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POSTED: October 15, 2018
Update

Last week:

1. Continue installation of the 42” storm sewer along the north side
of Bellefontaine Avenue (One westbound lane of Bellefontaine Avenue will be closed during storm sewer installation).
2. Shawnee Street closed Monday October 15th to begin replacing the existing 20” waterline along Shawnee St.
3. Begin replacing curb, sidewalk, and 42” storm sewer trenches in bike path, drive to Lima Senior Stadium, and Family of Faith Church parking lot.

This week:

1. Continue 42” storm sewer installation along the north side of
Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Continue 20” waterline relocation along Shawnee Street.
3. Continue replacing curb, sidewalk, and 42” storm sewer trenches in bike path, drive to Lima Senior Stadium, and Family of Faith Church parking lot.

POSTED: October 15, 2018
Update

Last week:

1. Continue installation of the 42” storm sewer along the north side
of Bellefontaine Avenue (One westbound lane of Bellefontaine Avenue will be closed during storm sewer installation).
2. Shawnee Street closed Monday October 15th to begin replacing the existing 20” waterline along Shawnee St.
3. Begin replacing curb, sidewalk, and 42” storm sewer trenches in bike path, drive to Lima Senior Stadium, and Family of Faith Church parking lot.

This week:

1. Continue 42” storm sewer installation along the north side of
Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Continue 20” waterline relocation along Shawnee Street.
3. Continue replacing curb, sidewalk, and 42” storm sewer trenches in bike path, drive to Lima Senior Stadium, and Family of Faith Church parking lot.

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POSTED: October 8, 2018
Shawnee Street Closure Detour Route

Shawnee Street will close Monday October 15th to begin replacing the existing 20” waterline in this area.

POSTED: October 8, 2018
Shawnee Street Closure Detour Route

Shawnee Street will close Monday October 15th to begin replacing the existing 20” waterline in this area.

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POSTED: October 8, 2018
Update

Last week:

1. Continued installation of a 42” storm sewer along the north side
of Bellefontaine Avenue. One westbound lane of Bellefontaine Avenue will be closed during storm sewer installation.

This week:

1. Continue 42” storm sewer installation along the north side of Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Construct proposed headwall Sta 49+40 Lt Bellefontaine Avenue (42” Storm outlet into Ottawa River).

POSTED: October 8, 2018
Update

Last week:

1. Continued installation of a 42” storm sewer along the north side
of Bellefontaine Avenue. One westbound lane of Bellefontaine Avenue will be closed during storm sewer installation.

This week:

1. Continue 42” storm sewer installation along the north side of Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Construct proposed headwall Sta 49+40 Lt Bellefontaine Avenue (42” Storm outlet into Ottawa River).

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POSTED: October 1, 2018
Update

Last week:
1. Continued installation of a 42” storm sewer along the north side of Bellefontaine Avenue. One westbound lane of Bellefontaine Avenue will be closed during storm sewer installation.

This week:
1. Continue 42” storm sewer installation along the north side of Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Shawnee Street will close Monday October 15th to begin replacing the existing 20” waterline in this area.

POSTED: October 1, 2018
Update

Last week:
1. Continued installation of a 42” storm sewer along the north side of Bellefontaine Avenue. One westbound lane of Bellefontaine Avenue will be closed during storm sewer installation.

This week:
1. Continue 42” storm sewer installation along the north side of Bellefontaine Avenue.
2. Shawnee Street will close Monday October 15th to begin replacing the existing 20” waterline in this area.

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POSTED: September 25, 2018
Update

Last Week:

1. Completed construction of Retaining Wall #1 along the south side of Elm Street.

This Week:

1. Begin installation of a 42” storm drain along the north side of Bellefontaine Avenue. One westbound lane of Bellefontaine Avenue
will be closed during storm drain installation.
2. Shawnee St will close on Monday October 8th to begin replacing the existing 20” waterline in this area.

POSTED: September 25, 2018
Update

Last Week:

1. Completed construction of Retaining Wall #1 along the south side of Elm Street.

This Week:

1. Begin installation of a 42” storm drain along the north side of Bellefontaine Avenue. One westbound lane of Bellefontaine Avenue
will be closed during storm drain installation.
2. Shawnee St will close on Monday October 8th to begin replacing the existing 20” waterline in this area.

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POSTED: August 25, 2018
Update

Last Week:

1. Continued construction of the proposed Retaining Wall #1 along the south side of Elm Street.

Next Week:

1. Continue construction of the proposed Retaining Wall #1 along the south side of Elm Street.
2. Begin installation of the proposed 42” storm sewer along Bellefontaine Ave. One lane of Bellefontaine Ave. will be
closed to westbound traffic during storm sewer installation.

POSTED: August 25, 2018
Update

Last Week:

1. Continued construction of the proposed Retaining Wall #1 along the south side of Elm Street.

Next Week:

1. Continue construction of the proposed Retaining Wall #1 along the south side of Elm Street.
2. Begin installation of the proposed 42” storm sewer along Bellefontaine Ave. One lane of Bellefontaine Ave. will be
closed to westbound traffic during storm sewer installation.

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POSTED: August 3, 2018
Update

Last Week:

1. Completed construction of the temporary railroad (shoofly) connecting shoofly rail to the existing railroad.
2. Completed construction of the temporary railroad (shoofly) crossing at Bellefontaine Ave.
3. Continued construction of proposed retaining wall along Elm St. (Retaining Wall #1).

Next Week;

1. Continue construction of proposed retaining wall along Elm St. (Retaining Wall #1)

POSTED: August 3, 2018
Update

Last Week:

1. Completed construction of the temporary railroad (shoofly) connecting shoofly rail to the existing railroad.
2. Completed construction of the temporary railroad (shoofly) crossing at Bellefontaine Ave.
3. Continued construction of proposed retaining wall along Elm St. (Retaining Wall #1).

Next Week;

1. Continue construction of proposed retaining wall along Elm St. (Retaining Wall #1)

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POSTED: July 20, 2018
7/24/18-7/31/18 Railroad Closure Local Detour Route

SR-117/SR-309 will close 7/24/18 at the Bellefontaine Ave railroad crossing for 7 days in order to construct the temporary railroad crossing at that location.

POSTED: July 20, 2018
7/24/18-7/31/18 Railroad Closure Local Detour Route

SR-117/SR-309 will close 7/24/18 at the Bellefontaine Ave railroad crossing for 7 days in order to construct the temporary railroad crossing at that location.

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POSTED: July 20, 2018
7/24/18-7/31/18 Railroad Closure Truck Detour Route

SR-117/SR-309 will close 7/24/18 at the Bellefontaine Ave railroad crossing for 7 days in order to construct the temporary railroad crossing at that location.

POSTED: July 20, 2018
7/24/18-7/31/18 Railroad Closure Truck Detour Route

SR-117/SR-309 will close 7/24/18 at the Bellefontaine Ave railroad crossing for 7 days in order to construct the temporary railroad crossing at that location.

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POSTED: July 10, 2018
Current Road Closure
POSTED: July 10, 2018
Current Road Closure
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POSTED: July 6, 2018
Upcoming Road Closures

SR-117/SR-309 will close 7/24/18 at the Bellefontaine Ave railroad crossing for 7 days in order to construct the temporary railroad crossing at that location.

POSTED: July 6, 2018
Weekly Update

Last Week:

  1. Began constructing temporary railroad (Shoofly) around the proposed bridge location.
  2. Continued excavation operations along Elm St east of the railroad.
  3. Began installing oak lagging for the proposed retaining wall along Elm St.
  4. Relocated railroad crossing gate at the Bellefontaine Ave crossing.

Next Week:

  1. Continue constructing temporary railroad (Shoofly) around the proposed bridge location.
  2. Continue excavation operations along Elm St east of the railroad.
  3. Continue installing oak lagging for the proposed retaining wall along Elm St.
  4. SR-117/SR-309 will close 7/24/18 at the Bellefontaine Ave railroad crossing for 7 days in order to construct the temporary railroad crossing at that location.
POSTED: July 6, 2018
Weekly Update

Last Week:

  1. Began constructing temporary railroad (Shoofly) around the proposed bridge location.
  2. Continued excavation operations along Elm St east of the railroad.
  3. Began installing oak lagging for the proposed retaining wall along Elm St.
  4. Relocated railroad crossing gate at the Bellefontaine Ave crossing.

Next Week:

  1. Continue constructing temporary railroad (Shoofly) around the proposed bridge location.
  2. Continue excavation operations along Elm St east of the railroad.
  3. Continue installing oak lagging for the proposed retaining wall along Elm St.
  4. SR-117/SR-309 will close 7/24/18 at the Bellefontaine Ave railroad crossing for 7 days in order to construct the temporary railroad crossing at that location.
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POSTED: July 2, 2018
Weekly Update

Last Week:

  1. Completed drilling shafts for soldier pile retaining wall along the south side of Elm St.
  2. Began excavation operations east of railroad in preparation for constructing retaining wall.
  3. Continued excavation for shoofly and placing sub ballast.
  4. Installed miscellaneous erosion control items.

This week:

  1. Begin shoofly rail construction.  Installing ballast and railroad ties.
  2. Relocate railroad crossing gate and signal at the Bellefontaine Ave crossing.
  3. Continue excavation operations east of railroad in preparation for constructing retaining wall.
  4. Remove existing light poles along the left side of Bellefontaine Ave.
POSTED: July 2, 2018
Weekly Update

Last Week:

  1. Completed drilling shafts for soldier pile retaining wall along the south side of Elm St.
  2. Began excavation operations east of railroad in preparation for constructing retaining wall.
  3. Continued excavation for shoofly and placing sub ballast.
  4. Installed miscellaneous erosion control items.

This week:

  1. Begin shoofly rail construction.  Installing ballast and railroad ties.
  2. Relocate railroad crossing gate and signal at the Bellefontaine Ave crossing.
  3. Continue excavation operations east of railroad in preparation for constructing retaining wall.
  4. Remove existing light poles along the left side of Bellefontaine Ave.
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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