An $11.3 million project to widen Secor Road - a project that appeared to be in jeopardy due to lack of federal funding - may have a more certain future, according to Village officials.
"There is a recognition that improvements need to occur on Secor," Village Administrator Marc Thompson said. "We have been told the (Ohio) Department of Transportation looks at this project positively, and that money is available."
The City of Toledo's proposal would see each of Secor's four lanes widened from 9 to 11-feet, and the addition of a fifth lane which would serve as a combination center turning lane and median. On the proposal, the fifth lane would be a median where Gallatin and Kirkwall Roads and Grimsby Place intersect with Secor, restricting cars leaving the Village to right turns only, and making the side streets accessible only to southbound traffic on Secor.
At the intersections of Darlington, Pelham, and Brantford Roads, where the streets continue east into Old Orchard, the center lane would be a left turn lane.
The proposal also calls for the elimination of as many as 13 Village homes, which translates to a loss of nearly $73,000 in property tax revenue, based on 2015 property valuations. Ottawa Hills schools would be hit hardest, losing out on $51,826 annually. Lucas county entities, from 9-1-1 to the Zoo, would lose a total of $14,600 annually. The Village would lose $6,570 in annual revenue.
According to the plan design, the homes that would have to be demolished at the very least would be the first homes in from Secor on Gallatin, Darlington, Kirkwall, Pelham, and Grimsby, plus the home on the northwest corner of the intersection of Brantford and Secor. The home at the southwest corner of Brantford and Secor, plus the home at the southwest corner of Bancroft Street and Secor may not have to be acquired.
The homes in Ottawa Hills along Secor "are extremely close to the (existing) curb," Thompson said. "Any widening at all will create issues for those homes."
The details of the proposed project, which may not start until 2021, are not set in stone, according to Thompson.
"Where the widening is to take place has not been resolved," he said, adding he expected there will be a number of public hearings before the project is finalized.
According to Thompson, 22,000 cars a day use Secor Road.
"This is an opportunity to address a serious problem and have someone else pay a large portion of it," Thompson said. "There is a potential for 80 percent funding, perhaps more."
Under the City's proposed project, the Village would contribute $964,850, and the city of Toledo $1,144,550.
Another major component of the project would be the addition of a pair of roundabouts - one at Secor and Kenwood Boulevard and one at the five-way intersection of Secor, Bancroft, and Indian Road.
In addition to the potential loss of homes due to the widening, the proposed roundabout at Secor, Bancroft, and Indian would take about half of the front yard of Hope Lutheran Church, and a substantial portion of the eastern tip of Arrowhead Point.