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Published: Saturday, 4/27/2002

Foes of new U.S. 24 slate strategy, planning session

Opponents of state plans for a new U.S. 24 between Maumee and Napoleon have scheduled a strategy and planning meeting for this morning. The Family/Farming Americans Resisting More Unneeded Pavement (FARMUP) meeting is set for 10 a.m. at 12200 Neowash Rd., Providence Township.

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced last month its preferred alternative for modernizing two-lane U.S. 24 in southern Lucas and eastern Henry counties is 21 miles of four-lane highway bypassing Waterville, then roughly paralleling the existing road to the north. Construction would require moving 38 families and taking 800 acres of farmland.

FARMUP believes the proposed expressway will lead to suburban sprawl and commercial development in the rural areas it will cross, and argues that improvements to U.S. 24 can be made that would address safety concerns.

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