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Henry County seeking funding sources for Napoleon bridge

HENRY COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Thepush to build another bridge over the Maumee River continues, even thoughproposed plans to build off Industrial Drive in Napoleon did not qualify forfunding from Turnpike revenue.

HenryCounty officials say they're not giving up on the project and say they'relooking for alternative sources of funding.

Bothcounty leaders and community members say the bridge is needed.

"Allthe trucks are really getting tied up in Napoleon," said Patrick McColley, withthe county's Transportation Improvement District. "There really isn't a goodway through Napoleon."

Rightnow, truck drivers trying to get from US-24 to the Campbell's Soup plant haveto drive through the downtown area and use the bridge on Perry Street, creatingnot only an inconvenience, but a safety concern, as well.

"Ithink it's very dangerous," said resident Kay Harmon. "They turn down on sidestreets. There are children riding bikes/walking."

Theproposed project is expected to cost around $19 million. Between ODOT grantsand local funding, around $7 million has already been secured. Now countyleaders say they'll look to other sources to fill the rest of the gap.

"They'releaning more toward creatively financing them with multiple pots thrown intoone instead of just a single source," McColley said.

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