YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Road crews in Mahoning County will be busy for the rest of the summer as they pave and fix a number of roadways.
Workers were paving a stretch of Turner Road in Austintown on Tuesday, one of about a dozen areas included in this year’s summer paving program.
Engineer Pat Ginnetti says besides trying to keep up with routine paving maintenance, his office is still working to fix roads that have been battered by back-to-back harsh winters.
“This is a process that’s not going to be completed for a while. We’ve got quite a bit of roads that are in bad shape and it’s going to take some time to get them all up to par,” he said.
Ginnetti says all of the work on Turner Road should be finished by the end of September.
The county is also getting some help from the Ohio Department of Transportation to repave a busy stretch of Meridian Road separating Youngstown and Austintown.
Ginnetti told county commissioners Tuesday morning that ODOT is providing $75,000 to help offset the cost to repair the section of Meridian near Interstate 680. It has seen a lot of heavy truck traffic recently because of the work taking place on Interstate 80 just a couple of miles up the road.
“It’s a joint project between Mahoning County and the City of Youngstown as well. The state was using that as a haul route for their I-80 projects so they’re kicking in some money to help us repair that section because it’s taken quite a beating.”
Ginnetti says the work there should start before the end of the summer paving season, but will serve as a temporary fix until more extensive paving work is done in a couple years.
The county will spend about $3.5 million on paving this season.