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Toledo to upgrade 105 streets in 2023

The city plans to use about $27 million to resurface 76 and reconstruct 29 residential roads.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo City Council held a special meeting Monday to discuss upgrades to 105 residential streets.

Representatives from the city's Department of Utilities hammered out the finer details of the plan to use about $27 million to resurface 76 and reconstruct 29 of those roads.

The areas set for work range in size. One-tenth of a mile on Clark Street in east Toledo will be reworked, while big projects, like nearly six miles from Telegraph Road to Detroit Avenue in North Towne, will see work as well.

The individual projects are expected to cost anywhere from $13,000 to over $1 million each, all funded through taxpayer money.

Council's transportation chair, Sam Melden, said while he's disappointed that inflation has hiked the construction prices by about 12.5%, he's glad the city can live up to its promise of fixing the streets.

Melden, holding a copy of the full list of streets, said those whose street isn't on the list but needs attention shouldn't fret.

"If your road is not on there, I would really encourage residents to email me, call your city council rep personally, and say 'what's the plan?'" Melden, the district five representative, said. "Even if we can't get to the road or it's not in the plan this year, I want to make sure every resident in district five and throughout the city of Toledo understands what the plan is for their street."

Construction will start as soon as the weather breaks, he said.

All 105 resurfacing and reconstruction projects are expected to be complete by the end of 2023, but the construction won't be over yet. According to Toledo's public utilities director, Doug Stephens, the city's engineers are planning another $27 million worth of projects in 2024.

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