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Traffic moves south along Main Street in Bryan underneath the Norfolk Southern railroad overpass, Thursday. JENNIFER J. HELLARD/Staff

The City of Bryan has received approval for $1.4 million in grant funding to repave almost the entire length of Main Street, according to City Engineer Brian Wieland.

The project will include new road asphalt and work on sidewalk handicap ramps at some of the intersections between Main and U.S. 127 to the north, and near the entrance to Walmart on the south side, he said. It stops in front of Walmart because the city completed an upgrade to Main Street in front of the store just a few years ago, he added.

“We expect (work) to begin in the spring/summer (of 2019),” Wieland said Thursday.

He hopes to completely replace all curbs and gutters along Main Street in the future “when funding becomes available.” And Wieland acknowledges the chances of that happening are probably pretty good as the Main Street project ranks first of 128 potential projects in a five-county area on the Maumee Valley Planning Organization’s Moving Together 2040 2018 transportation project list.

Moving Together 2040, administered by the MVPO, is the long-range transportation plan for Williams, Henry, Defiance, Fulton and Paulding counties. Adopted in 2015 and funded in partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation, Moving Together 2040 includes the 128-item transportation priority list that is updated annually, with the overall plan updated every five years, according to Ellen Smith, MVPO planner.

She said the project list is a planning document used to guide infrastructure investments made in the five-county region over the next 25 years, and the MVPO currently is seeking public feedback.

The draft updated project list for 2018 is available on MVPO’s website: www.mvpo.org/mt2040, and members of the public are encouraged to submit comments or questions about the draft list until Nov. 10.

Comments can be submitted to Smith by phone (419-784-3882), email (mvpo@mvpo.org), or by entering comments into the comment box located on the webpage. The draft list is also available in print and can be requested by contacting Smith by phone or email.

“We update the project list every year. It’s more a list of road projects, but it also includes pedestrian and different (modes) of transportation, like recreational trails,” she said. For instance, upgrades and improvement to the Wabash Cannonball recreational trail that runs through Williams and Fulton counties currently ranks fourth of 128 project on the five-county priority list.

Projects are ranked according to weighted metrics such as traffic counts, safety factors, public access, whether it’s critical to commerce or emergency access, plus overall impacts and benefits.

“We’re always looking for public feedback. We really take that into consideration,” Smith said Thursday. “And we’ve had people tell us about a dangerous intersection, or about something we might have missed, and that helps us make sure we have an accurate list. So we need to get public feedback so we can incorporate it into the plan and make it better.”

TOP FIVE

Besides the Main Street project in Bryan (No. 1) and the Wabash Cannonball trail (No. 4), top five projects on the list include constructing a new Maumee River bridge at Ohio 110 to Henry County Road 424 (South Perry Street in Napoleon), with an estimated $14 million price tag, at No. 2, followed by resurfacing and intersection improvements on Ottawa Avenue from south of the city of Defiance corporation limit to East Second Street, an estimated $4.2 million project.

The No. 5 rated project is a proposed southeast truck bypass in Bryan, which would rebuild East Wilson Street/Township Road 16 from Union Street south to Ohio 34, to bypass trucks directly to Ohio 34. The estimated cost is $4 million.

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