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Western Reserve Road project to begin after July 4 holiday

Published: Sat, June 25, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.

By Elise Franco



A road project 10 years in the making finally will commence after the July 4 holiday.

The widening of Western Reserve Road between Tippecanoe Road and state Route 46 will begin in July and last for about a year, Richard Marsico, Mahoning County engineer, said Friday during a ceremonial groundbreaking.

Deputy engineer Marilyn Kenner said the project has been in the works since 1991 and is an important project to the area.

“Western Reserve [Road] runs throughout the entire length of Mahoning County, and is a major east-to-west route,” she said. “This will make it easier and safer for traffic to go up and down the road.”

Kenner said the long-term intent is to widen the road from Market Street in Boardman to Knauff Road in Canfield.

Marsico said the road, which is 10 feet wide on each side, will be widened to 12 feet on each side and will have 4-foot paved shoulders.

“This road is not that safe because it’s congested, so [the project] is important to traffic flow,” he said. “As more people move into the suburbs, the road traffic becomes heavier, and we need to improve its safety.”

The more than $4 million project is contracted to A.P. O’Horo Co. of Liberty. Eighty percent of the money is coming from federal highway funds, and the rest from local funds.

Kenner said though the road will be accessible throughout the construction, motorists will experience delays and at times, some detours.

“We intend to keep traffic flowing, however the job has various phases that will result in closures,” she said. “We’ll make sure the public is aware of what we’re doing and what the detours are.”

Kenner said the road will remain open to traffic during the Canfield Fair, which runs Aug. 31 through

Sept. 5, but suggests drivers find other routes.

“We’d prefer if people would avoid the area,” she said.

Judge James C. Evans, a member of the Canfield Fair Board, said the board members are happy to hear the road will stay open. He said they initially believed

detours around the area would be necessary.

“Even in rough condition, as I expect it will be, it will help with traffic flow” to and from the fairgrounds, he said.


1TERRI_USA(30 comments)posted 5 years ago

We need US 62 Freeway constructed between Alliance and OH 11 at Columbiana, traffic is horrible in US 62.

Also an interchange on OH164 with I-680 (by the toll booths) would be convient as well.

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2ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 5 years ago

Why is Marsico's name the top line on the sign? His name shouldn't be on the sign at all, no politician's name should be given top billing. It's the people's money, not his.

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3whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 5 years ago

4 million could be used cleaning up this city,,,,

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4whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 5 years ago

he looks like one of them self centered, power hungry sniveling, shell of a man, WAR PIG kind of guy.....

didnt have my coffee yet

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5NoBS(2758 comments)posted 5 years ago

Widening Western Reserve Road is NOT needed. It needs paved. It badly needs paved. But it is NOT a "major east-west route" and it is NOT "congested" except for where I-680's ramp dumps traffic onto it in one of the world's most bone-headed interchanges ever. An interchange where I-680 crosses under South Avenue, near the eastbound toll booths, would alleviate much of that traffic, but that's far too obvious an answer for Marsico and company to actually consider it.

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6mishmash(333 comments)posted 5 years ago


& how about he has to have his nonqualified lapdog do all the talking because he truly doesn't know what is going on in that department. KENNER NEEDS TO GO, also.

Ridiculous PAY RAISES



DITCHES ARE OVERGROWN & CLOGGED (we wonder why we have water problems every spring)


I agree with Southside_res, TIME TO DITCH THE ENGINEER


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7Ret(39 comments)posted 5 years ago

I hate to be the one to break this to Mrs. Kenner, but Western Reserve Rd does not run the entire length of Mahoning County. Close,, but it comes up about 4-5 miles short.

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8Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years ago

Whenever virtually everyone agrees on here that is a pretty strong message not that Mr.M listens to us but here goes anyway.


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9Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years ago

People aren't moving into the suburbs they are leaving the whole area.

Where have you been the last 10 years Captain Ego?

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10PhilKidd(189 comments)posted 5 years ago

And the sprawl continues...

We are actually publically subsidizing the deterioration of the local infrusture that is already built / used.

When will the insanity end?

It would be fantastic if this was the type of legislation our local state reps and senators pursued...rather than casino economy wheel greasing.

The Pretenders - "My City Was Gone"

I Went Back to Ohio
But My Pretty Countryside
Had Been Paved Down The Middle
By A Government That Had No Pride The Farms Of Ohio
Had Been Replaced By Shopping Malls And Muzak Filled The Air
From Seneca To Cuyahoga Falls
A, O, Way To Go Ohio

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11AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 5 years ago

Western Reserve Rd needs widened from SR170- tippe.

Lost, & Bridge,

sb5 will not be effective in this case. I do not believe they are union. If the county were about saving money these two would be paying higher percentage now for retirement.

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12thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 5 years ago

noBS, the 680 interchange to south ave at the turnpike. ODOT is responsible for that. you have to send them your opinion.

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13SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 5 years ago

Dumb is behind the podium. And dumber is standing next to her. Why is marsico's name on top line of sign? WTF

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14atek101(77 comments)posted 5 years ago

Am I missing something, or is this still the 1960s? Who is moving to the suburbs? From where? Last I checked, Boardman, Austintown, and many of the burbs are losing population. The few burbs that gained population did so at the expense of the others, and the region as a whole is losing population by the thousands. Why are we widening new roads when our existing infrastructure is falling apart?

Investing money in areas along the urban fringe is downright foolish for a region with a shrinking population. We need to be spending our taxpayer dollars on repairing what we already have, which, as it stands, is more than we can afford to maintain.

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15Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years ago


Exactly.The townships are loosing population out in the rural and exurban areas too -it makes no sense.We have over 38000 in Boardman and 36000 or so in Austintown.Poland and Canfield townships are around 15,ooo.After that Beaver and Springfield are around 7000.The others are a joke at less than 5000.

So Mr.m and company ignore the problems in the two townships with oh over 7 x the populations this and the housing permits are lower than anytime since 1980 for Mahoning County.I don't know if they are worse than pre 1980 because that is as far back as it goes online.

I guess Mr M and company figure that we all have a couple grand to drop on front ends with all the potholes on the major roads so why not build wider roads to nowhere.

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16walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 5 years ago

As far as what roads get fixed as opposed to what roads need fixed comes down to which government entity has jurisdiction over the road. Is the road a county road, a township road, or is it inside of a municipality. It all comes down to funding with which tax dollars. This is a county road and it is under Marsico's jurisdiction. Route 224 and Route 46 inside of the city limits of Canfield are under the city's control. When they decided to widen 224, it was not done with state money because ODOT would have required a 5 lane road through the city, which the council did not want.

Western Reserve Rd. is in dire need of widening. I'm tired of seeing them put new asphalt on roads that have inadequate shoulders and drainage. More of the roads need widened properly, with proper subbase, shoulders, and drainage control. Then, maybe the pavement would last more than 3 or 4 years. But, time and again, they pave over the poor pavement on the berm that does not have a solid base In a short couple of years, the pavement on the edge becomes depressed, water collects, freezes and heaves, and snow plows scrape off the pavement. It is a vicious circle that is quite expensive.

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17Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years ago

224 is a state route.

The brilliant folks hired a consulting firm several years ago paying them millions to solve the problems on 224.

There is no good reason to widen Western Reserve road where they intend to do so-none. The argument isn't I should do what I want because I can but because it is necessary.

As for a road holding up more than 3 or 4 years -dream on. One way to ensure roads hold up better is to make them thicker.Western Reserve Road in the 1990s was one of the places where there was cheating done through asphalt so thin it didn't meet standards.I think the Mafia was involved with that one.

Some roads do need widening but this stretch is not one of them.

It will become more expensive to maintain that road once it is widened and most of us believe and reasonably so that that money could be better spent elsewhere.

The government under our system is supposed to represent the desires of the majority not do as a government servant of the people wishes or as special interests wishes.That is what a representative republic does represent the wishes of the majority. The opposite would be a form of tyranny at worst or stupidity at at least.

Another problem here is what is tax money ?Tax money is collected from an area such as Boardman but since we have been didvided into regions nationally since the early 1970s Boardman or another township doesn't get what they pay for necessarily.

Money is returned to townships and counties in the form of grants and these are usually the lion's share.The fact is the grant money could go to Boardman 's 224 or 46 or where ever else it is deemed needed.

In the end this is a 4 million dollar blunder no matter how you slice it.

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