Road work: $113 million in Mahoning, Trumbull this year



Portions of Interstate

80 in Mahoning and Trumbull counties will see resurfacing and bridge work this year totaling about $28 million.

It’s part of the $113 million the Ohio Department of Transportation intends to spend this year in both counties.

ODOT District 4, which includes Mahoning and Trumbull counties, announced projects slated for the 2010 construction season Friday.

“Starting in 2010 ODOT will have $200 billion for construction projects across the state,” said Eric M. Czetli, District 4 deputy director.

“That’s 30 percent higher than we’ve previously seen.”

In Mahoning County, 20 projects total about $51 million — $32 million in active projects and $19 million in upcoming work.

In 2009, Mahoning’s work totaled $150 million — $116 million in active and $34 million in upcoming projects. That included the widening of Interstate 80 over Meander Reservoir.

Trumbull County will see an increase in its construction this year with 17 projects, totaling about $62 million. That’s up from about $30 million in 2009.

The 2010 construction in that county includes $42 million in new projects and $20 million in active ones.

“Some of our larger projects are in Trumbull County this year,” said Justin Chesnic, district spokesman.

The largest project for both counties is the I-80 work.

“These are all hitting at just the right time,” said Greg Solarz, ODOT’s Trumbull County manager.

The contract is to be awarded this month for the $7 million project on I-80 in Hubbard Township. That work, slated to be done in September, involves resurfacing from east of Bell-Wick Road to the Pennsylvania line. Minor bridge work along the interstate also is planned.

The contract for resurfacing I-80 in Girard, Austintown and Liberty is to be awarded in June and the work completed in August 2012. Total cost is about

$21 million.

Another large Trumbull County effort for the state is U.S. Route 422 resurfacing in Champion, Southington and Warren townships. That $7.8 million project, with a contract to be awarded in October, is slated for completion in September 2011.

Route 422 will be resurfaced from the Portage County line to state Route 5/82. Minor culvert work also is planned and a minimum of one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction.

The work will begin at state Route 11 in Mahoning County and continue to Shady Road in Trumbull and include bridge work to the bridges on and over I-80. Sidewalks also will be installed off of the Shady Road bridge.

The largest project in Mahoning this year is $16.5 million for Interstate 680.

The contract is to be awarded in December and work completed in October 2012. It involves rehabilitation to seven bridges including the Silliman Street entrance ramp to I-680 southbound, I-680 over Price Road and Mill Creek, Woodland Avenue over I-680, I-680 over U.S. Route 62, I-680 over Delason Avenue, I-680 over the railroad and Williamson Avenue over I-680.

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