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ODOT help on AW Trail uncertain/year away

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It's a bumpy ride along the Anthony Wayne Trail but now the state may help.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is considering expanding a project at I-75 near the Trail to include a restructuring of a short span of the AWT.

Toledo's pothole crews have patched up holes because the trail is pitted from the rough winter.

Drivers tell 13abc, the road is pockmarked by potholes, saying, "I hit one any time I'm out going anywhere.  I hit one at least, one or two."

Another says he drives through an obstacle course known as the Anthony Wayne Trail, "You never know what drivers are going to do to avoid ruts," he says.

Potholes pose hazards along that heavily traveled road that leads from Maumee to Toledo.

The pothole guys are some of the busiest workers in the City of Toledo.  They have been up and down several times  and you know the pothole crews are gong to be out again."

Drivers told 13abc's Bill Hormann potholes are a problem.  "You can't avoid them.  They're small ones and you go to swerve and there's more in the other lane.  They're everywhere."

But the State of Ohio could help.  Toledo estimates it needs $30-million to fix the Trail alone--that means a complete restructuring of the several mile thoroughfare.

ODOT may help repave about a half- mile stretch near the I-75 exit.

No deal signed yet, but every little bit would help because drivers know potholes are pitfalls.

"Well, you can't tell because there's puddles and you can't tell if its a pothole or just a puddle," another driver told 13abc.

But puddle or pothole, Toledo needs a smoother road.

ODOT is considering folding the Anthony Wayne Trail road work into an I75 project that's already under way.

But if ODOT does not do the extra work, Toledo will have to find grants from other places to get the work done.

Either way, no help could come until 2015.

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