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Findlay's Main Street gets upgrades thanks to ODOT

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FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Downtown Findlay is not just a busy thoroughfare, but it is also a dense pedestrian destination. Which is why the City requested the grant money to make downtown safer for walking.

The city will use the $2.4 million from ODOT towards its transportation alternative program.

The program will build new curb bump outs, mid block crossings, pedestrian islands, and downtown entry medians, as well as resurface the roads. It will also fund a new bike path on Cory St. that will connect downtown with the University of Findlay.

The city's grant match of $1.6 million will come from funds given to the city by Marathon Petroleum.

Main Street Findlay Coordinator Maria Reza says the committees that initially came together to help the city apply for the grant will regroup and look at any other places along Main St. that could be upgraded.

 "If we're going to be digging up curbs," said Reza. "What other improvements do we need to make to downtown during this time?"

The Mayor of Findlay Lydia Mihalik says the upgrades to Main St. will bring more people downtown.

"A destination that will make people feel safe," said Mihalik. "They're not only going to want to come down and conduct their commerce and business downtown, but they're going to want to bring their families downtown too, and that's really important to us."

Construction is expected to begin on Main St. in 2017. 

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