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Toledo leaders: Potholes on AW Trail are major concern

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Poor driving conditions currently along the Anthony Wayne Trail are a big concern for city leaders.

Both Mayor D. Michael Collins and Councilman Rob Ludeman are south Toledo residents who say the conditions are less than ideal.

"This year in the last month, the large sections that are coming up, it's not just a pothole, it's a pot-section," said Ludeman.

"Not only would you be in jeopardy if you hit a pothole, the avoidance of potholes is every bit so hazardous," said Collins.

Right now because it's winter and hot asphalt is not being produced, street crews are using cold patch to fill in potholes, and the mayor says that process needs to be reviewed ASAP.

"I really want more permanent fixes with these roads and I'm not quite certain even with the technologies we're using today there isn't a better practice out there."

As far as a complete resurfacing of the roadway, the city would have to coordinate funding with the state, and Ludeman says the city should be looking at ways to tuck away money for that project, even if it's a year or two down the road.

"We completed an ordinance two weeks ago to sell a piece of city-owned land in Monclova in the Triad Business Park," Ludeman said. "My understanding is it's well over a million dollars that would go into the CIP (capital improvements fund)."

 An ODOT spokesperson says state funding for resurfacing the AW Trail would be available through the state's urban repaving program.    

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