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Project aims to widen dangerous Wood County road

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This very narrow road in Perrysburg could get wider under a proposed plan. This very narrow road in Perrysburg could get wider under a proposed plan.
PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It has to be one of the narrowest roads in Wood County. Drivers have expressed concerns for years, but the southern end of Fort Meigs Road could get major improvements.

The stretch between the Perrysburg High School and Five Points Road is not only narrow, but it also has a deep ditch on the western edge with no guardrails to protect you. This could change under a project unveiled in City Council chambers. 
   
The east side of Fort Meigs Road will be widened, increasing the roadway from 17 feet to 24 feet wide.

It was a county road years ago, but now there are new housing developments and much more traffic. At Wednesday night's meeting, residents and drivers were able to see the plans up close.

"The first winter here, I thought, 'this road needs to be wider,' because I was scared for my wife and my daughter to drive out. The school is there. The high school is there. So there is a lot of traffic. So it's very narrow, and everybody is jumpy when you drive there every day like I do, two or three times. People are jumpy. They're stopping. They're moving. So it's going to be a blessing for that part," said Ray Jeffers, who lives off Fort Meigs Road.

The city says frontage will have to be acquired from 24 properties and residents are invited to learn more about it. However, construction is not slated to being until April 2016, with completion in December 2016.

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