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(Toledo News Now) -
Turnpike Commission's revenue bonds will make $1 billion available to fund
local road improvements in northern Ohio later this year. One local group is
trying to secure some of that funding to improve State Route 53 from Upper
Sandusky to Port Clinton.
Transportation Coalition of North Central Ohio was formed last month to begin
plans on improving SR 53. On Friday, coalition members spoke with officials
from ODOT and the Turnpike Commission about the process of receiving funding
for the improvements.
53 has been in desperate need of improvements for years.
have been issues up from Fremont to Port Clinton, safety issues," said State
Rep. Rex Damschroeder. "There's safety issues south of Tiffin. There are several
areas where this is not a safe road."
leaders are finally seeing a chance to make those repairs. The first step is to
apply for improvements through ODOT's Transportation Review Advisory Council
have the expert engineers that come in, and they will figure out what is
possible, what we can do," Rep. Damschroeder said. "I think the need is there,
I don't think there's any question about the need."
the project becomes a Tier One TRAC project, it will then go before the Ohio
Turnpike Commission for another round of reviews.
leaders are also well aware of the importance of SR 53 to the area.
53 is a very important intersection for us," said Rick Hodges, executive
director of the Turnpike Commission. "The definition of projects we can fund
are: Do they have a nexus to the Turnpike? Clearly, there is."
feel the need for a safer SR 53 will make a strong run for approval.
a process to go through, but this is certainly a candidate," Hodges said.
statewide improvement projects are expected to receive Turnpike Commission
approval later this year.