BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Some of the Youngstown area’s most pothole-plagued roads are getting much-needed makeovers, now that winter is a distant memory and summer rainfall has tapered off.
Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said that the contractor doing the county’s road paving is one month behind schedule due to the wet month of June and plans to run multiple crews to get back on track.
Ginnetti said that the paving of Southern Boulevard finished Monday, and road construction crews finished Mathews Road over the weekend. The county’s third project in Boardman, Indianola Road, needs to be finished but was postponed Monday due to rain in the forecast and should be done Tuesday or Wednesday.
Ginnetti also said that Western Reserve Road from Tippecanoe to Hitchcock will be paved using federal money unless winter hits early. Mahoning Ave. in Jackson Township from the Meander Bridge to Lipkey Road and Lipkey Rd. north to the Trumbull County line will be paved with money from the Ohio Turnpike and match money from the Mahoning County Budget. The Mahoning and Lipkey projects are also dependent on the severity of winter, according to Ginnetti.
A list of the more than 20 roads that are being paved in Mahoning County can be found on the engineer’s website.
The city of Warren is also resurfacing some major roads.
Both Parkman Road and West Market Street are being resurfaced this year, along with some secondary roads in neighborhoods thanks to combined funds from the Community Development Block Grant program and money from the Ohio Public Works Commission.
Bob Durbin, Chief Deputy Engineer from the Columbiana County Highway Department, said that three road projects are left for Columbiana County in 2015:
- Starting the end of August /beginning of September:
County line striping program
228 miles of roads will receive new yellow and white stripes
Will take 30 days
No roads will be closed
- Multi-highway paving program
Start first week of September
Will take 4 weeks
Paving 11 miles of county/township roads
No roads will close
- Bridge project
Will start around Aug. 24
Fink Road Bridge in Franklin Twp. will be closed for 4-6 weeks