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Struthers span viewed as bridge to growth

Published: Mon, April 5, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m.

By jeanne starmack



A bridge project that will make the brownfields along the Mahoning River more attractive for business development gets under way this month.

The Lower Connector Bridge, which will span the river at the end of Bob Cene Way near Astro Shapes, will connect Struthers to Campbell and eventually to an access road that will be built by Campbell and Youngstown, said Struthers Mayor Terry Stocker.

That road will allow truck traffic in the brownfields corridor, which runs along both sides of the river from Youngstown to Lowellville, to get to the Center Street Bridge without leaving the corridor and tying up regular traffic. The Center Street Bridge will let the trucks get to Interstate 680 more quickly, Stocker said. The two-lane bridge, which will be about 185 feet long, and the future road are part of the Mahoning River Corridor of Opportunity master plan, he said.

The MRCO included Youngstown, Campbell, Struthers and Lowellville but has expanded into the Mahoning River Corridor Initiative. It now also includes five Trumbull County communities, said its director Dan Mamula.

Mamula said the future road also will be an access route to businesses that locate in the corridor.

Mamula said the road is still in the planning stages.

He said there are funding issues, and right-of-way easements are needed from a company called Sherman International. That company dismantled the old steel mills in the brownfields and bought the land.

The funding for the new bridge includes $1,155,320 in stimulus and other federal money and $360,000 from a state grant, Stocker said.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will manage and administer the project, he said.

J.D. Williamson Co. of Akron is the contractor. The company will begin moving in equipment for the project this week, Stocker said.


1Brkfldwrrr621(12 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Not really sure why they are wasting there money. The brownfields are dead and will NEVER be bak alive there are no companies planning on building there need to clean it all up and put casino;s or shopping malls there maybe even a technology park or something manufacturing is dead in this country

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

More "Stimutale This" money wasted on a project that will do nothing to improve the local economy. Our kids will be paying for this money waster for years to come. Remember that and vote for the RepubliCANs in the fall.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

If I could get a multimillion dollar grant I could do a feasability study for uses and promotion for the brownfields . Perhaps we could launch the next era of the space shuttle from The Valley .

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4theword(342 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago


Have u been down there lately? This bridge is going across the river to connect Struthers with Campbell near the baseball fields.

On the Campbell side there are probably 5 businesses there that employ approx. 60 people all together if its that much. Why waste millions of dollars for nothing.

Most of the land down there isn't cleaned up from the steel mills and that alone will cost millions more if a company wanted to move there. This is a waste of money..

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5IOKIYAR(32 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I find all of unionforever's comments offensive. Are these republicans you speak of the same ones who thought up the Iraq war and $1 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy?

If your kids are paying for the stimulus funds that most economists agree saved our economy from complete disaster then my kids must be paying for the trillions in war and rich tax cuts.

Are you out of your mind?

Also, brkfld and unionforever you will eat your words regarding the brownfield corridor. Development of tech and manufacturing will return.

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6Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago


It's a losing cause with these fools that always put down everything that would help the area. They must be scared of change or something because every time the area does something they complain. These kind of idiots are useless and nothing more then chronic complainers. They would never be satisfied. I would hate to be them.

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7walter_sobchak(2207 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago


Manufacturing is not dead in the U.S. Manufacturing, from a standpoint of value in dollars, is the highest it has ever been. We do not, however, manufacture many consumer goods here as the American public loves inexpensive consumer goods! We would rather have an item last 5 - 7 years and then throw it out and replace it. We still manufacture a lot of high end products, especially the cutting edge products of new industry. We are doing more with less people. This is a result of computerization and mechanization. Get used to it and embrace it because it is not going away. Technology marches on and will trample those that are not ready. ANd, the companies that will manufacture in this century will be small and adaptable. Astro-Shapes is a good example as is City MAchine Technolgies. Look along the river and you will see a resurgence in industry.

I would, however, wish that the feds would take the bull by the horns and clean the Mahoning River up from Warren to the Beaver and on to the Ohio. Untold wealth was produced along this river for citizens and the country as a whole and the environment was destroyed. Removing the heavy metals and other toxic compounds would further help to enliven the area. This would not be a waste of money and, actually, this area is owed this help!

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8Brkfldwrrr621(12 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

i am not against the idea i just dont think it is worth the waste of money and i do drive threw struthers everyday and all i see is empty buildings and 1 factory. that doesnt pay hardly anything to its workers look at calex years from now astro shapes will look like calex. And i am not a republican i am a democrate and a obama supporter. i just dont see how this is going to do anything they built the walton bridge and it was supose to bring jobs and i havent seen a job created since the bridge was built and i hardley ever see any cars on the bridge

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9Brkfldwrrr621(12 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I have notthing against the Cene's and the baseball fields are very nice i have seen many games there it's just in a wierd place in a spot where we are suppose to be building mills and factory's but baseball can be played anywhere and. And i have nothing bad against the cene's the field is nice just think more needs to be done to bring jobs to that area and a bridge isnt the answer it might help a little but alot more needs to be done

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