Traffic will be maintained during the widening, but delays are expected.
By IAN HILL
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
CANFIELD -- City council has voted to spend $930,000 on a project to widen a section of U.S. Route 224.
The project calls for the road to be widened to four lanes between Fairground Boulevard and Manor Hill Drive. Two lanes will run east and two lanes will run west.
A middle turning lane also will be added to the road between Manor Hill Drive and Hillside Drive. The road also will be resurfaced between Fairground Boulevard and Manor Hill Drive.
Resolution: Council approved the widening project as part of a resolution to spend $1.05 million on road projects this summer. The resolution was approved during a council meeting Wednesday night.
The 224 project is slated to start May 21. Work is expected to be complete by mid-August. Canfield City Manager Charles Tieche noted that the project will be completed before the Canfield Fair.
Tieche added that the widening project will be done in conjunction with a state re-paving project on Route 224 east of Canfield. The same firm, Foust Construction of Youngstown, has been hired for both projects.
"Overall, we're going to have traffic tied up a lot less by coordinating this," Tieche said.
Expect delays: Traffic will be maintained during the project, but motorists should still expect delays, he said.
Tieche said council approved the project in response to the increase in traffic on 224. He noted that the project will be paid for using city funds and state grants.
The Ohio Department of Transportation had discussed paying for the entire project, Tieche said. However, he said that the state would pay only for a project it designed. The state project called for more work than the council's project, Tieche said.
Route 224 is also known as Main Street in the city.