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Published: Wednesday, 11/6/2013

Perrysburg Twp. considers closing part of Scheider Road

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Perrysburg Township Trustees are considering closing Scheider Road where it intersects with State Route 199, which they say has been a dangerous intersection for motorists.

Through traffic on the state route has the right of away, while Scheider Road has a stop sign and turns into Eckel Junction Road on the other side of the state route. The closing would close off access to Scheider, giving motorists only Eckel Junction Road as a way to enter State Route 199. 

Craig LaHote, township trustee, said at a meeting Wednesday that the Ohio Department of Transportation won't let them put a stop light there because it is so close to the bridge over I-75. 

"It is a very bad intersection," Mr. LaHote said. "We can't have a light there because of the incline. It is always dangerous there with cars turning and not able to see cars coming from beyond the hill."

Perrysburg Township Fire Chief Tom Brice said there have been a lot of accidents there including some that resulted in fatalities.

Scheider Road at that intersection is mostly used for getting to the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo and the soccer fields located just south of the intersection on Scheider. If it closes people trying to reach those destinations from the north would have to stay on St. Rte. 199 for another mile to Roachton Road, then route around to Scheider. 

"It would be a minor inconvenience for people, but make it safer," Mr. LaHote said. 

Mr. LaHote said this winter would be a good time to shut down the road so people can get used to it being closed before there is higher traffic congestion in the area this spring when soccer starts back up.

Trustee Gary Britten said he could sit down soon with ODOT and Perrysburg city officials to talk about the possible closing. Trustee Bob Mack also said he'd want to talk to officials at the Islamic Center and local school district.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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