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A resurfacing project of a 14-mile stretch of the Ohio Turnpike in Lucas and Wood counties is included in the 2016 turnpike’s capital improvement budget.

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission last week approved the $143.5 million budget that will include funding for base pavement replacement, bridge rehabilitation and repair as well as resurfacing.

The commission described the budget as its largest in 15 years.

Five-mile sections in the westbound lanes of the turnpike in Lorain County, from milepost 144.1 to 149.24, will have pavement replaced as will eastbound lanes in Trumbull County from milepost 216.1 to 221. The opposite lanes in those sections were completed this year.

One Voice for East Toledo held a special meeting last week to hear what businesses in the Main, Starr and Front Business district would like to see happen.

Jodi Gross, community builder with the East Toledo Family Center, said the economic sub-committee met with a handful of business owners to see what needs to improve in their eyes.

“We want to know what the businesses need in order to thrive and grow,” Gross said. “We want to know how they feel about the district. We want to be able to keep our businesses there.”

According to Gross, owners met with a few city officials from the Department of Neighborhoods and the Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to discuss issues with litter and general cleanliness of the area.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider an application for a Special Use Exception (SUE) in an A-1 Agricultural District so that Verizon Wireless can install a new telecommunication tower at 5841 Cedar Point Road.

The applicant is Nathan Meyer of Verizon Wireless for owner Becky Lumbrezer-Box of Toledo Alfalfa Mills, Inc.

The zoning is mostly agricultural around the site with some C-2 zoning on the corner.

Meyer said at a Planning Commission meeting in October that Verizon Wireless is looking for improved coverage in the area based on customer demand for the use of voice calls and data. People are increasingly abandoning their land lines in favor of using mobile phones for communication, he said.

Despite a drop in coal and iron ore exports, the number of vessels currently in the Great Lakes -Seaway system is exceeding the five-year average as producers make a final push to export grain before the St. Lawrence Seaway closes Dec. 30.

Stephen Brooks, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, calls the 2015 shipping season a “bellwether for North American economic trends.”

“Ships are delivering cement, stone, gypsum aluminum and machinery to support an eight-year high in U.S. construction spending, along with growth in the automotive sector in Great Lake states.

However, steep declines in global consumption and pricing have largely halted coal and iron ore exports via the waterway, he added.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved ordinances as part of the relocation of Cedar Point and Dupont roads.

The city started working on the $8.9 million project with BP Husky in 2013. The project consists of two parts: Relocating a portion of Cedar Point Road approximately one quarter mile south of its current location, and relocating a portion of Dupont Road approximately one quarter mile east of its current location, both of which are located between Wynn and Otter Creek roads.

The purpose of the project is to allow BP Husky to move non-essential refining activities and personnel away from the center of refining activity without having to cross major traffic routes. Included in the project is the installation of 12” to 24” sanitary sewer along the west side of Wynn Road from Eagles Landing Drive to just south of Wynnscape Drive to meet current and future needs for sanitary sewer service.

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