Eastgate details transportation projects for Valley

By danny restivo



The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments has unveiled upcoming transportation projects for the Mahoning Valley, including two on some of the area’s busiest thoroughfares.

The council released its transportation improvement program, which details $310 million in state and federally funded transportation projects from 2014 to 2017, during a public meeting at City Centre One downtown on Thursday evening.

“This document lets everyone know that money has been appropriated for certain projects,” said Ken Sympson, program manager for Eastgate.

Sympson said the program has a comment period to allow residents to voice input on the projects. He said transportation officials will then use that input to improve the projects. Sympson said the public comment period ends April 19.

One of the projects listed in the program is a $21 million replacement of the U.S. Route 62 (Madison Avenue Expressway) bridge over the Mahoning River. The project, which is slated to begin sometime in 2014, will remove and replace the existing concrete deck and then paint the structure. The program did not give a finish date.

A $10 million Ohio Department of Transportation project will add two turning lanes on the Western Reserve Road bridge over Interstate 680. The project will add right turning lanes for westbound traffic going on to I-680 North, and for eastbound traffic heading on to I-680 South. Sympson said the project is slated to begin in April 2014 and is estimated to take six months to complete.

One of the biggest projects in Trumbull County is the removal of the Olive Street Bridge in McDonald. The $8 million ODOT project will remove the old bridge and replace it with a new one.

“This is an important project for our village because the bridge links our business district with that of Niles and Warren,” said Glenn Holmes, McDonald mayor and Trumbull County Transit Board chairman.

The transportation information program lists 38 projects in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Sympson said the 2014-2017 program is available online at eastgatecog.org, or it can be picked up at the Eastgate office located at the City Centre One building downtown.

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