Study suggests major changes to traffic around YSU

By David Skolnick

By David Skolnick


A study of streets on and near the Youngstown State University campus proposes significant changes to Lincoln Avenue, between Fifth and Wick avenues, along one of the institution’s busiest areas for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

The proposal would eliminate most of the parking on the north side of the road and extend sidewalks on the south side into the streets to make the walk shorter and safer for pedestrians crossing Lincoln, said Charles Shasho, deputy director of the city’s public works department.

Shasho and W. Brian Hughes, senior project manager for MS Consultants, explained the proposal Thursday to city council’s safety committee. MS, of Youngstown, conducted the traffic study.

Sidewalk extensions also would slow down drivers, Shasho said.

The city and YSU received a $1.9 million grant in 2005 for the study and some design and construction work.

The MS study identifies options for improving the area bounded by Fifth Avenue to the west, Rayen Avenue to the south, Wick Avenue to the east and U.S. Route 422 to the north.

The cost of the Lincoln Avenue work, which Shasho said is the first street to be improved, isn’t determined.

Though saying “we’ve been hashing this out for a couple of years so we’d like to move on this,” Shasho added the Lincoln project wouldn’t start until 2016 at the earliest.

Other proposals would reduce a lane on Rayen Avenue between Walnut Street and Fifth Avenue as well as on Wick Avenue from Rayen to Route 422.

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