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Oregon leaders preparing to spend four times the norm on road repairs

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OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

In a normal year, the city of Oregon would spend about $600,000 on road repairs. But 2014 is not a normal year. After a winter to remember, city leaders are ready to spend more than four times that much, nearly $2.7 million.

$1 million of that will be used on Isaac Streets Drive, a busy road just off of Navarre Avenue near Interstate 280. It has some of the worst potholes in Oregon and the concrete roadway will be replaced by a new and thicker concrete surface.

"Isaac Streets Drive is on the east side of St. Charles Hospital. It sees a lot of hospital traffic and for the other businesses there. So it's very much needed," said Paul Roman, the city's service director.

Also, Stadium Road from Corduroy to Bay Shore Road will get almost $400,000 in repairs. That is in an area where the city finished a new bike trail last year. Other improvements will be made to Navarre Avenue, Woodville Road, and Starr Avenue.

Work is expected to begin the first week in June and crews will be focused on first completing Isaac Streets Drive.

Oregon resident Becky Herrera is pleased the city is doing the extensive work, saying, "Yes I do think it's good for them to spend that kind of money because there are a lot of cars being damaged all the time, from all the potholes. You don't see them until the last minute."

"If you take care of the infrastructure of the city, you're taking care of the city and the neighborhood and the people and everybody that lives in it," said her husband, Tim. "So it's worth it."

On Monday night, Oregon city council approved the $2.7 million for the roadway improvement program. No tax hike will be needed because it's coming from the general fund.

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