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Hancock County Highway construction update

Week of June 12, 2023

LIMA, Ohio (Thursday, June 8, 2023) The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Hancock County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

Interstate 75 rest areas, both directions, between State Route 235 and U.S. 68/SR 15 will close on Thursday, June 15, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. for utility work.

U.S. 30 between State Route 235 and the Wyandot County line will be restricted to one lane for resurfacing.

Ohio-wide air quality advisory for June 7-8

UPDATED: The advisory expired at the end of June 8

Ohio EPA is issuing a statewide Air Quality Advisory as smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to adversely impact air quality. The advisory is in effect through Wednesday, June 7. Ohio EPA expects the Air Quality Index to be in the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” to “unhealthy” ranges.

When air quality is in this range, people who are in sensitive groups (due to medical conditions, exposure conditions, or innate susceptibility) may experience health effects during outdoor activities. To decrease the potential for health issues, sensitive groups of people (children, elderly, people with asthma or COPD) should limit prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity.

Particulate levels are expected to remain elevated through Thursday, June 8. To see realtime air quality in your area, visit the AirNow website.


Resurfacing project to close U.S. 30 interchange ramps

Short pavement repair closures begin Wednesday

The following construction project is anticipated to affect highways in Hancock County beginning tomorrow, June 7. All outlined work is weather permitting.

The U.S. 30/U.S. 68 interchange and U.S. 30/State Route 235 interchange will have temporary, short-term ramp closures (1-2 hours) beginning Wednesday, June 7, for approximately three days for pavement repairs in preparation for resurfacing. 

May 2023 local weather observations

May we interest you in some May 2023 weather observations from Guy Verhoff, NWS observer in Pandora?

May 2023 Weather Observations Chart

May Average Temperature 59.9

Normal Average Temperature 60.5

Total May Precipitation 2.31

Normal Average Precipitation 4.01

Max Temperature 87 on May 30-31

Minimum Temperature 35 on May 4

Village of Bluffton meetings calendar, June 2023

The Village of Bluffton has announced the following meetings for the month of June 2023:

Wed., June 7 - Insurance Committee - noon

Monday, June 12 - Council Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

Monday, June 26 - Natural Gas Aggregation Public Hearings - 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Monday, June 26 - Council Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

All meetings are at the Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. unless otherwise noted. A council meeting packets archive is located at 2020 to present (scroll down for list). 

154 N. Main St. 419-358-2066

Program launched to protect Ohioans from lead poisoning

A new program aimed at protecting Ohioans in all 88 counties from exposure to toxic lead has been introduced.

The new Lead Safe Ohio Program, which is part of ongoing efforts to make more of Ohio's homes lead-safe for children and families, will invest $150 million toward state and local efforts to prevent lead poisoning and remediate lead contamination.