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Plans underway for new bridge in Napoleon

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NAPOLEON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

An effort to reduce traffic and make it easier for drivers to get around Napoleon is underway. Engineers in Henry County are moving forward with plans for a new bridge.

"There's a lot of traffic that comes through downtown [Napoleon], especially trying to go from the north side to the south side, especially a lot of truck traffic," said Tim Schumm, Henry County Engineer.

The bridge on Perry Street is currently the only way for trucks in town to get from the new US-24 to Napoleon's industrial area and the Campbell's Soup plant. Engineers want to build a second bridge over the Maumee River to change that, and so far, they have ODOT's support.

"With this second river bridge connecting the industrial parks, that will get a lot of truck traffic out of the downtown area," Schumm said.

That could make the downtown area more pedestrian-friendly and attract new businesses.

"It makes sense for the people," said Joel Miller, director of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. "They'll be able to get in and out of the shops, in and out of the businesses, in and out of the offices a lot easier, and that just seems to be the trend."

Miller says that's not the only place that could see growth.

"It'll be easy to get off the brand new 24 and it will be easy to get in and out of the industrial area and that side of Napoleon," he said. "It will make it easier for people to do business."

ODOT just approved a feasibility study, so now the county can move forward with environmental work and plans. They plan to hold a public meeting in December.

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