Oct 20, 2013

State Route 185 relocation project completed in Versailles

VERSAILLES – The relocation of State Route 185 roadway project which began on May 13, was completed on time as of Oct. 15. The project included 13-months of designing and bidding the project and five months of construction.

The $1.4 million project was conceived to remove impediments to the safe and efficient movement of personnel and materials within the Midmark campus. Midmark, a major employer in the community continues to grow its Versailles facilities and the village was able to secure funding assistance from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) to reroute State Route 185 south to State Route 47, just west of Midmark’s plant B facility. Karl Weidner, vice president of manufacturing for Midmark stated, “The opening of Progress Way will improve the safety condition of our Versailles campus, which is very important to us. Teammate vehicle and pedestrian traffic as well as in-bound and out-bound logistics movement will all benefit as a result of this project. It will also enable more efficient material flow from plant to plant.”

Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar, president and CEO of Midmark commented, “We are pleased with the outcome of this project to improve productivity and economic progress for Midmark and for our community. The ongoing support and efforts by the State of Ohio, Partnering for Progress, the Village of Versailles and others, are allowing us to meet our growth initiatives, which will bring more opportunities.”

Additional benefits of the project will include the rerouting of a portion of truck traffic away from the residential neighborhoods on Jackson and North West Streets and onto a more commercial/industrial route better suited for truck traffic and the installation of sidewalk along State Route 47 and the new State Route 185 segment, providing a sidewalk connection between North West Street and the Indian Creek Estates residential housing subdivision and Indian Creek Park.

In a letter of initial support for the project the Versailles Village Council made the following statement regarding the project. “This reconstruction will maintain a safe and effective transportation system for this section of the Versailles thoroughfare; will improve the livability of the residential areas and streets currently accommodating State Route 185; will retain and expand pedestrian access to downtown Versailles and residential areas within and around the project area; will improve safety for pedestrians, personnel, and vehicular traffic traveling within and around the Midmark Corporation campus; will contribute to retaining Midmark Corporation in Versailles and provide opportunities for future facilities expansion, capital investment, job retention, and job growth; and will contribute to maintaining and growing the local, county, and state economy.”

The project required approximately two-acres of permanent right-of-way for the new roadway and one-acre of permanent easement for the new storm water detention area. The project is being funded with a combination of federal, state, and local funds, including Ohio Department of Development Roadwork Development funds, ODOT System Preservation funds, and ODOT discretionary funds. The general contractor was Tumbusch Construction of St. Henry, while Choice One Engineering from Sidney provided project engineering services and ADR Associates from Newark provided inspection engineering services for the project.

A future project linked to the completed State Route 185 relocation project, will be the reconstruction of the intersection of Jackson Street and Vista Drive in the spring of 2014. This is necessary to create a smooth curve portion of roadway as opposed to the current 90 degree turn. This will allow better traffic flow through the intersection and create a distinction between the Midmark entrance that will be created when vacating the old portion of State Route 185 and the Vista Drive street area.

Village of Versailles council members, mayor and administration would like to thank everyone involved in the project for their hard work and cooperation along with thanking the citizens of Versailles for their patience and understanding during the project.


Village of Versailles Mayor Jeff Subler cut the ribbon on Progress Way while other members of the administration, and representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation, Darke County Economic Development office, Versailles Chamber of Commerce and Darke County Commissioners watched. (Ryan Berry photo)

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