South Avenue likely to get $5.3 million for road work

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - South Avenue needs help. It is a stretch of pitted, potholed pavement that will soon get $5.3 million in road work.

Yez Abu Adiyeh drives South Avenue every day. He says, "I've been coming here everyday for two years now for this job and I've hit a pothole everyday for two years."

Abu Adiyeh works in an auto parts store and has sold a lot of replacement rims damaged by potholes.

Santo Sicuso's brother had a run-in with a pothole and he's frustrated.

Sicuso says, "It bust the rim. Tire's shot. It's just a mess. Everybody, they're looking for tire and rims."

Doug Stephens with Toledo's Department of Engineering Services says South Avenueis "one of the worst streets out there."

But the Ohio Department of Transportation is offering $4.25 million to improve a two-mile stretch. Toledo and the Ohio Public Works Commission would kick-in another $500,000 each.

Stephens says, "So there's a lot of work that's going to happen. i think it's going to be a great improvement."

The city plans to reconstruct South Avenue, widen it and improve the drainage. A roundabout at Wenz and South is also planned.

A trucking company sits right on the corner. A manager there says a curvy roundabout may be difficult for his trucks to maneuver but it's better than leaving the potholes.

John Rhoades says, "We'll take that if it means getting the street fixed the way it should be instead of what they're doing now which is patch it from year to year."

But work won't begin until 2019, so drivers, hold on tight and don't let go.