TIFFIN — Tiffin has received a $220,000 grant through the state Department of Transportation Jobs and Commerce for an improvement project on U.S. 224. The funds represent about 25 percent of a $1 million project.
The road improvement will provide access to a 60-acre site on the west side of the city for potential commercial development.
The grant is the first for the Seneca County Transportation Improvement District, created by the Seneca County commissioners in September 2015.
“The district was put in place with the future of the county in mind,” Commissioner Shayne Thomas, head of the county’s transportation subcommittee, said. “This project is the first of many for which we plan to secure TID funding.”
Last year, Tiffin, Fostoria and Seneca County representatives collaborated to update and reprioritize the county’s Transportation Improvement Plan.
Originally created in 2001, the plan was revised with a focus on key projects throughout the county. The revision was approved by all groups, as well as the Transportation Improvement District Committee, composed of engineers, elected officials, and economic development organizations from each jurisdiction.
Charlene Watkins, executive director of Seneca Regional Planning Commission, commended the partnership between Seneca County organizations to secure the grant.
“The foundation is in place and all parties are working to implement the plan,” she said. “We appreciate (Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp.’s) work with different entities to gather information and submit the application, as well as the involvement of state Rep. Bill Reineke and state Sen. Dave Burke, and everyone else who had a hand in the process.”