WARREN City, county work to widen North Road

An information session was set for this afternoon.
WARREN -- The city and county are working on a proposed $4 million project that will widen North Road.
The widening to three lanes will include a middle turn lane between East Market Street and state Route 422, said Randy Smith of the Trumbull County Engineer's Office.
The project also calls for the installation of sewers, curbs and sidewalks and improving the safety of three curves along the 1.75-mile stretch.
Most of the money for the project comes from federal and state grants, Smith said. The local share -- which will be split between the city and the county -- is estimated at $700,000.
The project is still in its preliminary design phase, said project manager Jim Bowling of Finkbeiner, Pettis and Strout, Inc.
Listening to public: As part of the preliminaries, a public information session was set for today at 4 p.m. in the North Road Elementary School gymnasium.
"We're interested in hearing what the public wants," Dave Robison, the city's director of engineering, building and planning, said. "After we find out, we'll go from there."
Most complaints about the proposed widening pertain to loss of property.
"Residents are concerned about losing their yards or their houses," Bowling said. "People are saying they don't want a wider street in their front yard."
He said the project will take only about 5 feet of right of way.
Homes and yards are not in danger, though some old trees may be.
"If the trees are in the right of way, then they will be cut down," Bowling said, "but the curbs and sidewalks will give the area a cleaner appearance."
The other complaint Bowling mentioned is confusion between this widening project and a proposed connector that would run between the Eastwood Mall and North Road.
Robison said though both projects are designed to alleviate traffic problems, they are not connected in any way.

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