The Ohio Department of Transportation has begun two new road construction projects. State Route 568 two miles east of CR 236 has closed for replacement of the bridge over the outlet ditch. The road will be closed for the next 4 months. A detour is posted including state routes 37, 15, and 330.
Pavement repairs have begun on US 224 between SR 235 and Ottawa. The highway will be reduced to one lane with flaggers on hand as the work occurs. Repaving of the stretch is expected to begin next week, with one lane maintained.
State road crews continue with several ongoing projects this week including I-75, bridge work on State Route 12 east of Findlay, and bridge replacements on State Route 37 near Riverdale School and in Arlington.
The MAC says its Council of Presidents unanimously voted to take the action with the health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches and communities as its top priority.
The fall sports affected are men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. At this time, there have been no decisions made regarding winter sports.
MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher says the conference will make every effort to provide competitive opportunities for the postponed sports in the spring.
“We support the difficult decision to postpone all Mid-American Conference fall seasons in the best interests of health and safety. BGSU Athletics will work with each student-athlete impacted as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis together. Unlike our academic and campus experiences, athletic competition rarely allows for physical distancing and additional safeguards such as wearing face coverings. Our student athletes and coaches of men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball continue to be outstanding ambassadors of Bowling Green State University, and we look forward to competing next spring”
MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher delivers his statement at today's press conference announcing the postponement of fall sports. pic.twitter.com/M92cP4KiWD
“Following a recommendation this week from the Governor’s Office to shorten the season due to concerns that COVID-19 may spike in early winter, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Friday that if high school football games are approved by the Governor, all teams will enter the playoffs beginning October 9 and the state championship games will be played no later than November 21.”
The OHSAA says this plan gives schools the best chance to have a season, if approved.
Four of the OHSAA’s fall sports have been determined to be low contact by the governor’s office and are permitted to have contests with other schools, including golf, tennis, volleyball and cross country.
The OHSAA’s fall sports of football, field hockey and soccer have been determined to be high-contact sports and the OHSAA continues to work with the governor’s office and the Ohio Department of Health toward modified protocols for those three sports to have contests.
The Findlay Trojans are scheduled to begin the season at Anthony Wayne on Friday, August 28th.