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Findlay gets $2.4 million grant from ODOT for downtown improvements

Findlay has been awarded a $2.4 million grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to improve downtown safety, walkability, bicycling accessibility and aesthetics.

The funds will be used for enhancement on Main and Cory Streets. On Main Street, curb bump outs at pedestrian crossings; mid-block crosswalks and pedestrian islands; and new medians at the north and south ends of the downtown area will be installed. A resurfaced roadway from Lima to Center streets, which the state has planned for some time, will also be incorporated.

Cory Street will be converted to one lane of dedicated bike traffic, at least from West Main Cross Street to the University of Findlay campus. Consideration is being given to extending that path to Lima Street.

Part of a $5 million pledge from Marathon Petroleum Corporation will be used to pay the city’s matching share of the grant. The remaining amount will likely be leveraged with other funding to pay for intersection improvements officials would like to implement along Sandusky Street at Western Avenue, East Street and Blanchard Street.

Also, the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance will be reforming its economic revitalization committee to develop beautification concepts that will go along with the master plan.

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said planning, featuring more public input sessions, will begin in earnest to develop details. Phased construction on Main and Cory streets is hoped to start at the beginning of 2017.

Courier reporter Joy Brown is developing this story.

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