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Long-Time County Map-Maker Passes Away At Age 98, 6-28-15 full story...

Piper To Retire As County Engineer After 40 Years Of Service, 5-28-15 full story...

Petitioned Ditch #1304 Dick Warrington/Sugar Creek Information, 4-13-15 full story...

Revisions To Allen County's Standards For Conveyance Of Real Property, 1-29-15 full story...

County Employees Make Holiday Donations, 1-6-15 full story...

Thayer Road Bridge Opens, 12-5-14 full story...

Salt Shortage Causes Change in Salting Policy, 11-7-14 full story...

Hook-Waltz Road Bridge Under Constuction, 8-28-14 full story...

Ream Road Bridge To Be Closed For Replacement, 8-1-14 full story...

Contract Awarded for Three Allen County Bridge Replacements Through ODOT's Ohio Bridge Partnership Program, 6-26-14 full story...

County Applies for Emergency Funds for Thayer Road Bridge, 6-19-14 full story...

Allen County Engineer Hires GIS Technician, 6-10-14 full story...

Shawnee & Ft. Amanda Intersection Reopens

The traffic signals has been removed and the intersection is operating as a single lane roundabout. Therefore, drivers will need to YIELD to all vehicles inside the circle before entering the roundabout. Once inside, drivers have the right-of-way.

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When emergency vehicles approach, if you are outside the roundabout, pull over as normal to let the emergency vehicles pass. However, if you are inside the roundabout, do NOT stop. Continue to your desired destination, exit and then pull over to allow emergency vehicles to pass. If an accident occurs while inside the roundabout, vehicles should exit the circle and pull off the edge of pavement outside the roundabout.

Collett Street Bridge CLOSED, 7-14-15

ODOT’s contractor, Eagle Bridge, will be reconstructing the Collett Street Bridge over the Ottawa River beginning July 8, 2015.   Collett Street between N. Shore Dr. and Kibby St. and the Ottawa River Bikeway (below the bridge only) will be closed to traffic from July 13, 2015 until November 13, 2015.     Detours for vehicular/truck traffic include N. Shore Drive, Vine St./Oxford Ave., and Metcalf St. and for the bike path, an at grade-crossing south of the bridge will be provided.

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Long-Time County Map-Maker Passes Away At Age 98, 6-28-15

Justus F. “Jack” Wetherill passed away on June 28th at the Lima Convalescent Home in Lima, Ohio. His wife Auda passed away in 2011. His son Andy Wetherill and granddaughters Amy and Julie survive him. Jack was an employee with the Allen County Engineer’s Office from 1962 until 1986.  Jack was responsible for creating and updating the official Allen County Road Map.  He prepared the first county road map in 1964.  His hand-drawn annual road maps were precise and he took pride in correcting any mistakes, before the maps went to the printer.  In the 1960’s Jack was also responsible for setting up a house numbering system for all roads in Allen County. This was a major undertaking since a countywide system had not been used in the county with rural routes being used for mailing addresses in the country and house numbers in the municipalities. His
numbering system incorporated setting up blocks for north-south and east-west roads while blending into house numbering already in use in the cities and villages.  His house numbering system is still in use today. He was a “Jack-of-all-trades” with a myriad of job functions assigned to him. For those of us who worked with Jack, he will be remembered as a gentle man who had a quick wit and was good with puns.  He was once asked “Jack, do you have any thumbtacks?”  to which he replied, “No but I have some fingernails.” His written collections of misquotes by county employees was enjoyed by all.  Jack’s knowledge of how the roads were established in Allen County was second to none.  He had painstakingly gone through all of the road records and commissioner’s journals in Allen County and logged information about the establishment of each road in the county.  His road record research is still being used by county employees today.  Jack and wife Auda served at the Allen County Museum as docents after his retirement.  He will be missed by those of us who had the fortune of working with him.
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Shawnee & Ft. Amanda Roundabout Project

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