WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $23,668,160 grant to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) through the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. The funds for the project will go toward the continued construction of the Glass City Riverwalk, which will transform the downtown Toledo waterfront into a regional attraction. Brown wrote to the Department of Transportation in support of this project. 

“The Glass City Riverwalk will not only connect neighborhoods and businesses within the Toledo area, but also serve as a regional attraction,” said Brown. “Moving forward with this project is a big win for Toledo and look forward to its completion.”

The Glass City Riverwalk project  is a collaborative effort of TMACOG,  the City of Toledo, Metroparks Toledo, ConnecToledo, University of Toledo, Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA), Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Destination Toledo and the Greater Toledo Community Foundation.

BUILD Transportation grants replace the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. BUILD grants are investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation. In 2019, Brown helped secure $1 billion for the BUILD grant program in a spending package.