TMACOG

Marissa Bechstein reviews TMACOG’s transportation plan on Monday at Way Public Library in Perrysburg.

PERRYSBURG — Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Government officials revealed some upcoming road projects at their On The Move 2045 public meeting Monday night at the Way Public Library. A second meeting was held Tuesday at the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green. Other meetings were held across the two county area.

Marissa Bechstein, transportation planner for TMACOG, said federal regulations require that their planning organization use the 2045 plan to help set regional goals and priorities for the next 20 years and help the organization stay focused in their transportation planning efforts. This planning includes feedback from the public concerning their plans.

TMACOG covers Wood and Lucas counties as well as Monroe County in southeast lower Michigan. Their two main responsibilities are transportation and water quality.

In this meeting, Wood County 2020 road projects were listed.

Bechstein said that many of the projects were bridge replacements and repairs since Wood County has one of the highest concentrations of bridges in Ohio, due to the county’s history of draining wet Black Swamp land for agriculture.

In Washington Township, $292,500 is planned to be spent to rehabilitate the bridge on Hammansburg Road over Brush Creek . Other bridges to be rehabbed include the Robinson Road bridge over Tontogany Creek for $292,500, Gorrill and Mitchell roads over Ditch 231 for $154,980, and Long-Judson Road over Ditch 2244 for $151,200.

Total bridge replacements in 2020 include Hull Prairie Road over Ditch 2090 for $187,200 and Lemoyne Road over Dry Creek for $165,900.

In 2021, projects that might affect commuters include a project to replace the existing Waterville bridge over the Maumee River on Interstate 475 with a wider structure, at an estimated cost of $8 million. Road reconstruction of Ohio 25 from Cygnet Road to U.S. 6 will include several culvert replacements, for $18 million. Also in 2021, it is planned to resurface Ohio 64/East Wooster Street in Bowling Green from Campbell Hill Road to the CSX railroad crossing, then from North Church to the Bowling Green corporation line.

It is also planned that $2.2 million be spent to reconstruct the Gypsy Lane Road and Poe Road bridges over Interstate 75.

In 2021, a traffic roundabout is planned for the intersection of Napoleon and Campbell Hill roads at a cost of $1.5 million.

In Perrysburg, a 2021 project is planned to add left turn lanes on Route 25, upgrade Preston Parkway and Fort Meigs Boulevard approaches, convert Harold Street to right in-right out turns, and install walk and signal at the intersection.

TMACOG seeks feedback on the Priority Project list and initiatives, since these have been determined to be regional priorities and will help guide transportation planning for the next 20 years.

They are also asking people to share their comments on an on-line survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OTM2045. The survey closes Friday.

Millions of dollars come to Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan through various federal transportation programs. For more more information about upcoming projects go to http://www.tmacog.org/onthemove/.

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