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2 overpasses completed in Northwood

NORTHWOOD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

After several years of construction and many traffic backups, two new overpasses are now open on Wales Road in Northwood.

Two sets of railroad tracks about a half-mile apart used to create significant traffic backups for drivers in the city, and economically, it caused some businesses to not settle there because of the potential to be blocked in. Two new overpasses are helping to alleviate that problem.

Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson says he can't stress enough how much easier traveling is now.

"It was hard for people, once you were scouting a site, it was difficult for people to kind of justify spending the time, you might get caught by a train," Anderson said.

The Northwood Police Department and first responders are among those who are extremely excited for the new overpasses.

The police department is just down the street from one of them, and prior to its existence, the trains made responding to emergencies very difficult.

"If they're blocked, which they were blocked constantly, if you see in the background, there's trains moving right now, they did it all day long, so if we had to respond to the other side of the city, we'd actually have to go through neighboring Oregon and Toledo to get to our neighbors. It was ridiculous," said Chief Thomas Cairl of the Northwood Police Department.

The city is hoping that the overpasses will also improve their economy by making it a more desirable place for businesses.

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