After 40 years of waiting, major improvement work to the Andrews Avenue Industrial Parkway is done.
The $1.2 million of work, started in June and finished in late September, includes repaving the 1.5-mile stretch of road as well as new curbs, entry accesses, grass strips and sidewalks.
The improvements and additions, from Logan Avenue to just short of East Federal Street, will not only help existing businesses, but should spur growth on the industrial road, said Dave Adams, owner of DM Adams, an industrial consulting firm on Andrews.
There are 20 businesses on that stretch of road employing about 325 to 400 employees, depending on the time of the year, Adams said.
Before the improvement work, Andrews Avenue was “lumpy, with heavy trucks constantly breaking springs and tires,” said Adams, whose business has been on the road since 1994.
Modern Window & Awning, a window company on Andrews Avenue, moved years ago because “glass would break regularly when it was coming in and out of the business,” said Adams, who also is co-leader of the Andrews Avenue Business Group.
“This project makes a great difference in the appearance of the street,” he said. “For four decades, it’s been bumpy and lumpy.”
Mayor Charles Sammarone said he is pleased the project turned out well.
“The neighborhoods and the thoroughfares are priorities,” he said. “For the city to grow, we need to improve both.”
MS Consultants on East Federal Street near Andrews Avenue, designed the project.
As a Youngstown business, “projects like this mean a lot to us. I travel this road a lot, and I’m glad it’s fixed,” said David Mosure, MS’s principal and vice president of construction services.
City Machine Technologies’ first opened on Andrews Avenue 28 years ago, said Claudia Kovach, its vice president. Its main operations are on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, but CMT uses the Andrews Avenue location to manufacture and repair heavy lifting magnets for steel mills and scrapyards, she said.
“We’re really excited the road is brand new,” she said. “It makes people want to do business here and have companies open.”