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      Toledo given $6.5 million to fix streets, improve city

      Toledo streets will be repaved thanks to grant money from the Ohio Public Works Commission.

      Toledo Mayor Mike Bell today announced $6.5 million in new construction projects to be completed in 2013 thanks to new grants and loans awarded to the city by the Ohio Public Works Commission.

      The projects, 12 in all, include street construction and utility improvements in all areas of the city.

      View: Grant funding for street pavings, sewer upgrades

      "This infusion of financing assists us as we continue to plan for our capital needs by supplementing the capacity of our CIP fund," Mayor Bell said. "I'm thankful that the Ohio Public Works Commission saw the value in the projects and the need to make the improvements in the city of Toledo."

      Toledo is represented on the OPWC by District 5 Councilman Tom Waniewski, who noted that the commission continues to be impressed by the projects Toledo selects for submission to the state agency for funding.

      The project awards include:

      Street paving:Bancroft Street from Reynolds to Ottawa HillsBennett Road from Sylvania to EleanorBenore Road from Alexis to Matzinger/HagmanCherrylawn Drive from Heatherlawn to GlendaleEast Broadway from Woodville to Nevada and Nevada to Sixth (two projects)Silver Creek from Stickney to DetroitSuder Avenue from Shoreland to AlexisUpton Avenue from Dorr to Bancroft

      Utility improvements:Dearden/Bridsall Sanitary Sewer constructionGlendale Avenue 24â?? Water Line Replacement from Anthony Wayne Trail to Oak Hill

      Toledo Waterways Initiative:CSO Tunnel Optimization

      All projects are slated for construction in 2013. The awards represent $3.8 million in grants and $2.7 million in loans.