Lucas Co. expects $3 million from Ohio Builds funds

Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 11:37 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Governor Mike DeWine announced that an additional $109 million would be awarded to Ohio BUILDS grants as part of its third and final phase. In total, the grant has $250 million.

Lucas County will receive a $3 million grant in total, to address aging infrastructure and sanitary sewers. Some $900,000 is in the newly announced phase 3.

“I know in northwest Ohio these particular funds are going to come alongside some other dollars that local communities are looking to put use. We couldn’t be more excited to work alongside these communities,” Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development, said.

Projects will take place in all 88 Ohio counties. The projects vary depending on the needs of the area, ranging from the construction of brand new water systems to replacing old lead pipes.

“These grants are awarded to local communities across the state of Ohio to help fund some critical infrastructure projects. These are projects that many communities have been waiting decades to get done,” says Mihalik. “If the work isn’t done then the infrastructure continues to deteriorate and problems continue to increase.”

In a statement, Governor Dewine said, “Clean drinking water is part of the foundation for a good quality of life, yet too many communities in Ohio can’t reliably provide residents with this basic necessity due to crumbling infrastructure has been too expensive to fix.”

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