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HENRY COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -
push to build another bridge over the Maumee River continues, even though
proposed plans to build off Industrial Drive in Napoleon did not qualify for
funding from Turnpike revenue.
County officials say they're not giving up on the project and say they're
looking for alternative sources of funding.
county leaders and community members say the bridge is needed.
the trucks are really getting tied up in Napoleon," said Patrick McColley, with
the county's Transportation Improvement District. "There really isn't a good
way through Napoleon."
now, truck drivers trying to get from US-24 to the Campbell's Soup plant have
to drive through the downtown area and use the bridge on Perry Street, creating
not only an inconvenience, but a safety concern, as well.
think it's very dangerous," said resident Kay Harmon. "They turn down on side
streets. There are children riding bikes/walking."
proposed project is expected to cost around $19 million. Between ODOT grants
and local funding, around $7 million has already been secured. Now county
leaders say they'll look to other sources to fill the rest of the gap.
leaning more toward creatively financing them with multiple pots thrown into
one instead of just a single source," McColley said.