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Toledo Councilman proposes Sylvania safety study

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SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski wants to help make Sylvania Avenue between Secor and Douglas not only a safer route, but also a more pedestrian-friendly corridor.

He's proposing the city pay for a $30,000 safety study, which could be used to attract federal and state transportation funding for improvements.

"Our statistics have shown the intersections of Sylvania and Douglas, Sylvania and Secor are in the top six in terms of number of traffic accidents in the city if that is able to leverage some dollars we can contribute to develop that one mile stretch, that's what my hope is,"said Mr. Waniewski.

Waniewski says temporary speed enforcement efforts are effective when police officers are out there, but he's looking for some permanent ways to slow down traffic and encourage people to walk up and down Sylvania Avenue and visit businesses there.

"There are ways at some intersections put a depressed brick pavement that might be elevated a little bit. There's also grant money that might be available for electronic speed signs so it shows motorists how fast they're going," added Mr. Waniewski.

Waniewski says he's hoping to get the study completed in time for the city to meet the next ODOT deadline for safety applications in April, provided council approves the spending measure.

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