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Greetings, and welcome to Spring 2014!

When the orange barrels start popping up, we know springtime has officially arrived - and that roadway improvements are being made. (Keep that in mind as you sit in traffic delays.) As you'll read here on the TAGNO site, many projects that will benefit Northwest Ohio are on the table - in addition to those you're seeing during your daily commute.

I urge you to read up on public works bond Issue 1, which is on the May 6, 2014 ballot for renewal. For 27 years, this funding has supported crucial infrastructure across the state, including in all Northwestern Ohio counties.

Passage of Issue 1 will allow the State to borrow up to $1.875 billion over the next 10 years through issuance of general obligation bonds.

Please join TAGNO in supporting Issue 1 on Election Day (May 6)!

In addition, please take a look at our story on proposed projects along I-475 in Toledo: widening IR-475 from US 24 to US 20 (which has a high-priority rating with ODOT), and constructing two new interchanges along that stretch.

In order to maximize the positive impact of that widening and further enhance safety and economic development, two additional interchanges are being considered. The likely locations are at IR-475 and US20A, and at IR-475 and Dorr Street.

If the interchange projects are delayed now, it will be years - maybe decades - before they could be completed.

Take a look at that story and learn how you can support this crucial improvement in Northwestern Ohio. It can have a huge impact on the daily commute - as well as the area's future economic development.

We are also pleased to see progress on several other transportation construction projects in the region which include the enhancement of the Toledo Cherry Street corridor, The McCord Road underpass in Holland, the Midwest Ironville terminal, the Toledo Port Authority's seaport, and both the Airline Junction and the CSX National Gateway to name a few.

Personally, I am also grateful for the opportunity to have served on the Clean Ohio Council for its entire 12-year history. The Council allocated over $300 million across the state for brownfield site clean-up which resulted in thousands of acres of land being restored to accommodate productive economic developments. Over $30 million of these funds came back to northwest Ohio including the Overland Industrial site at the old Jeep facility. I was also recently honored and humbled to have been presented a distinguished service award by the Ohio EPA in recognition of my service on the Council.

At TAGNO, we're optimistic about all of the transportation news that is - pardon the pun - coming down the pike. We hope you are too.

Tom Kovacik
Executive Director