State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of nearly $3 million in state funds to the Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority and Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital for public roadwork renovations and technological improvements.

“I’m pleased to see the state support projects that will improve our community’s roads and infrastructure,” said Ashford. “Not only do these projects help ensure public safety, but they will also help create hundreds of good-paying jobs, bringing opportunities to hard-working residents of Toledo and Lucas County.”

$1,300,000 of the money granted to the Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority will be used for a public roadwork development project in the Village of Swanton, conducted by Tronair, Inc. The development project will create 110 new fulltime-equivalent jobs in road widening, paving, construction and right-of-way infrastructure improvements such as sewer and utility lines. $1,7500,000 will fund public roadwork improvements in Toledo, managed by IronUnits LLC. Improvements include the construction of two roundabouts in the Front Street and Millard Avenue corridor, creating 130 full-time jobs.

Additionally, Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital on Monday received $35,000,000 to replace the transformer and generator at the hospital, as well as improve connection to the emergency generator.

“For years, Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital staff have set an example in providing quality care for patients struggling with mental illnesses,” said Ashford. “I am glad to see the state fund technological upgrades at the hospital, as this will help ensure that staff continue and advance their quality treatment.”

The Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo is one of six regional psychiatric hospitals that operate under the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. These specialized facilities provide short-term, intensive treatment to patients in both inpatient and community-supported environments. 

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