Broadway Corridor Traffic Plan to Get Update
Toledo city officials have promised traffic upgrades to the
Broadway Corridor for years. Now the overall plan to improve the
flow of cars and trucks is about to get a major upgrade with the
input of residents and business owners.
area is now considered a major gateway into downtown Toledo,
directly leading to the corporate campuses of Owens Corning and
Promedica. The Broadway Corridor also is seeing an increased
traffic flow as work intensifies on improving I-75 and the
replacement of the DiSalle Bridge over the Maumee River. Latino
leaders have said the attention is long overdue.
area known as the Broadway Mile
from Western Ave. to
Stebbins St. will be reconstructed in 2024. The Toledo Design
Collective is working with the Broadway Corridor Coalition
to gather feedback from those affected in the area—renters,
residents, businesses, community groups and others—to develop a
final design for city leaders to follow as a blueprint.
The Toledo Design Collective (TDC) is placing temporary mailboxes
at community centers and businesses throughout the Old South End
to gather more input following a public feedback session held in
early July. The hope is to gather as much input as possible by
having the public fill out postcards and posters and leave them
in the mailboxes. Some of the suggestions may end up in the
final design submitted to Toledo city officials.
Possible improvements along the Broadway Mile include traffic patterns,
safety issues, quality of life, improved health access for
residents, walkability of the area, TARTA bus access, bike
paths, pedestrian lighting, new businesses, rehabbed buildings,
community hubs, and street landscaping.
According to TDC Studio Director Elizabeth Ellis, while there is not
street improvement cost estimate available yet, city officials
have assured them there will be funding available for the
project in 2024.
The Toledo Design Collective is an urban planning and design
nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist other
nonprofits and agencies in promoting
urban and community growth and revitalization through
preservation, renovation, and adaptive reuse of existing
structures and developments and by adding compatible new
structures and developments. The group also advocates for
appropriate streetscaping, landscaping, lighting, graphics, and
signage to help to enhance open and public spaces.
The Broadway Corridor Coalition is encouraging the public to
follow developments and updates through its Facebook page.
Eastside’s Navarre Park
also obtained public input to put together an improvement plan
for Navarre Park in East Toledo; the eastside has the
largest population of Latinos in Toledo. In the 1920s, when
populations of emigrating Mexicans left México after its
10-year-old revolution (1910 – 1920), many moved to the Midwest,
including the eastside of Toledo. In the 1930s and 1940s, these
families held annual gatherings/reunions at Navarre Park.
One of the families was Aurora Gonzalez’s family.
the anticipated work for the park involves taking the existing
green space and making it better connecting with residents,
making it available to all. The project calls for
an enhanced entryway to the park, a new parking lot close to the
baseball and softball fields, providing fill to keep those
fields from flooding, and adding additional trails to help
connect the different ball fields.
Funding for the conceptual plan came from a LISC/ESPN Replay grant,
Toledo Refining Company and the Mercy Health Foundation.