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Hancock commissioners table cost increase for garage

Hancock County’s commissioners tabled a large change order on the construction of the engineer’s garage at 1900 Lima Ave.

General contractor Studer-Obringer, of New Washington, is asking for an additional $75,740 on the project. The company says this is the final change order on the project.

Studer-Obringer was originally awarded a contract of $2.7 million to build the garage, and has submitted a total of $128,257 in change orders on the project. The final cost of the garage is now expected to top $2.8 million.

The commissioners also agreed today to conduct a traffic study along Township Road 212, between County Road 236 and Ohio 12. Marion Township trustees have asked the county to reduce the speed limit along the roadway from 55 mph to 45 mph. The trustees say the reduce speed limit will be consistent with the limit on Township Road 212 between Ohio 12 and U.S. 224.

The commissioners must conduct a traffic count and speed study on the road before the change can be made.

Assistant Prosecutor Cindy Land said the change must also be consistent with rules from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Courier Reporter Denise Grant is developing this story.

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