City planners directed $176,000 toward cosmetic enhancements on the Huron Memorial Bridge on Cleveland Road (U.S. 6). Some planned upgrades on this portion of the bridge between Artino Ford and River Road include:
•Replacing light poles.
•Repainting the railing.
•Power washing highway blockades.
Design work starts this year with all work expected to be completed by next year. Huron taxpayers are fronting $86,000 with the remaining $90,000 coming from state coffers. Future plans call for adding flowers and plants in and around this area. “We’re just going to make it look more modern,” Huron city manager Andy White said. “We’re going to complement the redevelopment efforts that are there”
Improving the bridge circles back to Huron’s $9 million master plan — a decadelong blueprint aimed at luring businesses while persuading people to stay and move into Huron.
Other improvements, either recently completed or scheduled, to improve safety along Huron’s roadways include:
•Widening Rye Beach Road by Ohio 2.
•Paving Jim Campbell Boulevard.
•Creating a 20-foot-wide bike path running parallel to U.S. 6 and stretching from Huron High School to Woodlands Intermediate School.
•Possibly adding a traffic roundabout at Berlin and Cleveland Roads near Marconi’s Italian Restaurant.
•Scheduling to install sidewalks on Ohio 13 from U.S. 6 to Thunderbird Hills Golf Course.