Meeting on sewer work in Library Village area involving Berdan and Sylvania avenues and other streets

Meeting at Augsburg Lutheran Church, Sylvania Avenue, 6:30 p.m. March 15

Toledo, Ohio – Monday, March 15, will be an important date for the City of Toledo’s Library Village residents. On that date, construction crews are scheduled to begin work at as many as three locations along Berdan Avenue. This work will result in the separation of combined sanitary and storm-water sewers in the area.

The affected area eventually will impact residences and businesses along and near Sylvania Avenue between Jackman Road and Lewis Avenue and Berdan between Jackman and Martha Avenue. The area of impact also includes residences along and near Overland Parkway, between Sylvania and Eleanor Avenue; Dryden Drive, between Lewis and Bennett Road; and several other blocks in the immediate area.

Also on March 15, a meeting to explain the project and work schedules to residents and businesses in the area will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Augsburg Lutheran Church, 1342 W. Sylvania Ave.

The meeting will be hosted by the City of Toledo and the consultant group overseeing the Toledo Waterways Initiative, a federally mandated program to reduce pollution in Toledo’s waterways, as a result of sewage overflows that occur during very heavy rains.

An initial Neighborhood Meeting was held in April 2009 with residents to present preliminary plans and obtain public input. This time, the contractor selected for the work will be in attendance to speak to residents.

Residents and business owners in the area are encouraged to attend the Neighborhood Meeting to learn about the project and get answers to questions. Discussion will include the following:
Work locations
Project schedules and timelines
How traffic will be affected
How construction will impact area residents and businesses
How this work will help Toledo
Work along Berdan is expected to last through late summer and will require Berdan to be closed to through traffic. While the affected area will not be closed completely, entire blocks will be closed at various times.

For Sylvania, work will at first be limited to the intersection of Overland Parkway and Sylvania and should begin before the end of the month. Once the construction on Berdan is completed and traffic restored, work along the remainder of Sylvania will begin. Traffic will be maintained along Sylvania where possible. The entire project should be completed in 2011.

The Toledo Waterways Initiative project is a federally mandated program requiring the City of Toledo to reduce sewage discharges into its waterways. The multi-year project began in late 2002 following approval by Toledo voters of the settlement of an 11-year lawsuit involving Toledo and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Funding for TWI projects comes from sewer charges appearing on Toledo residence and commercial water bills as well as grants and loans obtained through the federal and state government. No funds from Toledo’s General Fund are used.

For more information, visit www.toledowaterwaysinitiative.com or call 419-720-0918.

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