County cashes in on road repairs

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Eleven miles of roadway is newly paved in Mahoning County thanks to the Road Use Management Agreement with NiSource Midstream.

Springfield, New Middletown and Poland all have fresh asphalt on roads around NiSource’s gas processing plant in Springfield Township. As part of its RUMA with Mahoning County, NiSource Midstream Services agreed to pave the roads at a cost of about $1.5 million.

The heavy truckloads brought in for construction of the plant increased wear and tear on the roads and became NiSource’s responsibility to repair.

Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said NiSource went above and beyond by rebuilding four of the 10 miles under the agreement. They created a six-inch sub-base then paved six inches on top of that. Ginnetti said that is something his department couldn’t do under current budget constraints.

“It helps ease our mind that they’re doing a good job at paving it,” said Ginnetti. “It helps us accomplish our goal of getting more miles paved.”

The NiSource project and another in North Jackson by Halcon Resources more than doubled the county’s paving budget this year.

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