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(Toledo News Now) -
The Anthony Wayne Trail has become a complete mess from the harsh weather. Drivers wonder when the heavily-traveled road will return to normal.
An estimated 30,000 vehicles travel along the Anthony Wayne Trail everyday, and over the past few weeks, conditions have literally unraveled. Repairs are under way Friday with equipment removing pavement chunks so city and ODOT crews can apply a fresh layer. As a result, the city has closed the right lane of Anthony Wayne Trail between City Park and Western.
It is beyond simple pothole repair at this point. Cold weather patch repairs haven't been enough, as large sections of pavement have crumbled and created major road craters, turning portions of Anthony Wayne Trail into a driving obstacle course.
"Right now we're gonna grind this down, scrape it down. Once we get that done we get the water out of the curb lane. We're gonna come back and put some of the hot mix down and roll it in," explained Dave Welch, Toledo Streets, Bridges, Harbor commissioner.
Chuck Popovich grew up in the South End and says this is the first time he's ever considered driving on the Trail dangerous.
"It's like you're looking for the other person in the other lane. If you don't look, you'll hit them because you're trying to get out of a pothole," Popovich said.
Bad weather didn't allow for repairs Thursday, so the city has a small window of opportunity to use hot mix from a local asphalt plant.
"This is not ideal temperatures and ideal conditions, but it's the best we can do," said Welch. "ODOT is working with us. They're going to lend us some equipment and some of their expertise."
Additional closures may be necessary for more section repairs.
"We're going to do more milling, grinding probably down farther on the Trail. Douglas Road is another area. We got to go back to take care of that. There are multiple areas we're going to try to hit here," said Welch.
The city hopes to reopen the lane Saturday, but extra moisture from Thursday's rain could delay the process.
ODOT wants to warn drivers of closures and delays on other local roads:
-Ramp repairs will continue Friday from Collingwood to the I-75/475 interchange, closing the right lane.
-The ramp from Detroit Avenue to northbound I-75 will stay closed Friday.
-Until 7 p.m. Friday, drivers can expect delays on Northbound I-75 between the I-75/475 interchange in Perrysburg and US-20.
-Expect the same delays on I-475 Friday, with work between Central Avenue and US-24.