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Dayton To Invest $12 Million In Salem Avenue Reconstruction

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The City of Dayton is investing $12 million into reconstructing part of Salem Avenue. The project, scheduled to begin in 2021, is supported by city, state and federal funding. 

At the public meeting at Grace United Methodist Church on Thursday, organizers quickly added a row of chairs to accommodate the nearly 100 attendees. 

Joe Weinel, Dayton’s Chief Engineer of Design, spoke about the three phases of the project, which will reconstruct Salem Avenue from West Riverview Avenue to Cornell Drive. The plans include a protected path for cyclists and wider sidewalks for pedestrians. 

After the presentation, residents looked over birds-eye-view renderings of the plans. Gary Dunn, of nearby College Hill, was glad to see the City of Dayton investing in this part of the city.

“I don’t think they left this area behind, but I think this area was put on the back burner,” he said. “Now, with the Gem City Market, I think it has spurred a lot of interest in what’s going on on this side of the Salem Avenue Bridge, and it’s a plus for the city.”

The city is accepting comments on the project through 5 p.m. on February 28. Senior Engineer Brian Zamostny can be reached at brian.zamostny@daytonohio.gov or (937) -333-3844 with questions or concerns.