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ODOT gives Port Clinton $2 million for downtown improvements

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PORT CLINTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Port Clinton will soon be getting a facelift. The Ohio Department of Transpiration has announced the city will be getting more than $2 million for some major street contraction.

Most of the money will be going into the downtown area, near Second and Madison.

Business owners in the area say they cannot wait for the construction to begin. They say the project will allow downtown Port Clinton to become a destination area.

From street repaving and reconstructing, to new curbs and sidewalks - Port Clinton will also see beautification downtown, including building facade improvements.

"ODOT's gift, and I'll call it a wonderful gift, that they've given us has given us the opportunity to take those large steps. We're no longer just trying to do this job. We are actually doing it," said Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone.

The project will also mean wider sidewalks on the east and west side of Madison Street to improve foot traffic. Pedestrian safety will also be addressed, with Americans with Disabilities Act compliant accessibility and lighting along transportation corridor.

"Not just the beautification, but everything about the plan shows that we're creating energy here, we're creating something we should be proud of," said Perfect Color Hair & Tan Owner Roseann Hickman.

Business owners believe the makeover will help inspire them.

"I'm very thankful for it and really it makes us all want to just start working a little bit harder," said Frederick Agency Owner John Madison.

Phase one of the project will begin in spring 2015 and will continue in 2016.

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