Agendas

Road Closures – Temporary

(9-20-22) The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is announcing the closing of Winkler Road at the US 33 intersection for intersection re-alignment.  This road will be closed for approximately 3-4 weeks depending on the weather conditions. 

Any additional questions contact the Mercer County Engineer’s Office at 419-586-7759.

Ohio Law prohibits signs on trees and poles.

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart has issued a reminder that the Ohio Revised Code prohibits the erection of signs or affixing signs, posters or advertisement to any tree or utility pole within the right-of-way of any public highway.

Political candidates, campaign workers and supporters of issues appearing on the ballot are reminded that these signs are subject to removal.

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Miller Road between US 127 and Weitz Road in Hopewell Township for a bridge replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on September 12, 2022 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3-4 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

            Any additional questions, contact the Mercer County Engineer’s Office at 419-586-7759.

PUBLIC NOTICERoad Closing

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Philothea Road between Township Line Road and Erastus-Durbin Road in Recovery Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on September 7, 2022 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 1 week, depending on the weather conditions.

Any additional questions, contact the Mercer County Engineer’s Office at 419-586-7759.

PRESS RELEASE – FOG SEAL
Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that Mercer County Engineer crews will be starting the fog seal work on various rural local roads in Mercer County in mid-late August. The Mercer County Engineer road crews are preparing to place an asphalt sealant onto the roadway for all of the roads that were chip sealed recently. The purpose of this sealant is to:

1. Further fill the cracks and voids in the pavement
2. Virtually eliminate all the dust and loose stone
3. Lessen the noise factor created by the new surface
4. Provide a black surface to better accentuate the yellow centerline stripe and to increase the
winter snow/ice melting due to the blackened background

The sealant will be applied in mile increments and will cure out in about 1/2 hour. After that point, our contractor will open that mile section to traffic and then move to the next section of roadway. Once cured, the sealant will not track nor spray onto vehicle

Corn in Right of Way

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is reminding landowners and farmers that corn that has been planted and is encroaching in the road right-of-ways can be a very serious sight problem on the narrower township and county roads.  “Such sight problems limiting the ability of the traveling public to see, can be particularly hazardous; causing the very real and dangerous potential for intersection accidents,” Wiechart said.

The Mercer County Engineer’s Office requests that landowners review these intersections where they have corn planted and if they see sight problems, they lessen the hazard by removing that portion of the crop that is obstructing the clear line of sight.  Details regarding existing township and county road right-of-way widths may be obtained by contacting the engineer’s office.

Mercer County Road Improvements

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart announced today, contingent upon weather conditions, Tom’s Construction, Inc. plan to start construction work Wednesday, June 22, 2022 on both of these roads (Sebastian Road and Wabash Road projects) .The improvements will involve the placement/replacement of pipe/tile and catchbasins in the right-of-way,as well as dirt shoulder widening.

In general,the catch basins,pipe,tile and mailboxes will be set further away from the edge of pavement in the right-of-way. No pavement widening is being done as part of this project. The road will be closed to through traffic for up to 120 days and local access will be maintained. The completion deadline for the project is mid-fall 2022. Right-of-way stakes and construction staking may be placed and need to remain for the duration of the project.

Our office is available to try to answer any questions you may have about the project.

The contact information for the Mercer County Engineer’s Office is:

4884 Mud Pike, Celina 45822 Phone: 419.586.7759 Email: engineer@engineer.mercercountyohio.gov

CHIP & SEAL SEASON

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that crews will be starting the yearly chip and seal work on approximately 103 miles of rural local roads in Mercer County.

We are requesting that yard mowing trimmings not be blown onto the county and township roads.  Cut grass on the pavement creates additional prep work to get the roads ready for chip and seal and impedes the speed of the work.

Blowing excess grass onto the roadway also makes a hazard for motorists and especially motorcycle riders that most of us don’t think about related to loss of traction.  This becomes even more dangerous with rain on the roadway.  Stopping distances increase and friction between the tires and pavement decrease.  This scenario has caused tragic accidents and has opened up unknowing property owners to lawsuits.  We respectfully request that private mowers are turned around for a couple of passes to keep our roads and traveling public safe.

County and township roads with “Loose Stone” or “Loose Gravel” signs posted are roads that are scheduled to be chip and sealed this season.  These roads will have temporary closures during the chip and seal process.  We thank you for your patience in helping to keep the traveling public and our workers safe.

Road Closures

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is issuing a reminder to all drivers, that during the construction season and also at other times throughout the year, there are various temporary road closures in the county to allow our crews to do the repair/maintenance work required to keep our roads in good driving condition.  These roads may be closed intermittently on our normal work days (Monday thru Thursday 7:30 am-4:00 pm) as conditions and work requirements fashion.

The only reason a driver should bypass a “Road Closed” sign is to access a local address in the “closed” road area.  Through travel should detour away from the closure.

If local access is necessary and you must access the “closed” road, please use caution and drive slow to keep yourself and our workers safe.   

Any additional questions contact the Mercer County Engineer’s Office at 419-586-7759.