The Mahoning County Engineer’s Office expects to close the intersection of Mathews and Sheridan roads in Boardman as soon as this school year ends for installation of a roundabout and hopes to reopen it by the time the new school year begins.
The goal is to avoid an inconvenience for school-bus transportation, said Rick Clautti, office manager in the engineer’s office.
The county commissioners awarded a $696,693 contract Thursday to Parella-Pannunzio Inc. of Austintown for construction of the roundabout, which will be a one-lane traffic circle.
Parella-Pannunzio was the lowest of four bidders for the job, for which county Engineer Patrick Ginnetti said the intersection will be closed for 60 to 90 days.
The project, funded by federal money and local gasoline-tax revenues, is designed to improve traffic flow and safety. When it is completed, there will be no traffic lights or stop signs in the intersection.
The Mathews-Sheridan closure will coincide with bridge reconstruction, which is restricting traffic at the U.S. Route 224 and Interstate 680 interchange.
During that time, the Thalia Avenue and Walker Mill Road overpasses will allow motorists to cross over Interstate 680 without an interchange. Interchanges will be available where Midlothian Boulevard and Western Reserve Road cross Interstate 680.
The commissioners also awarded a $797,797 contract for construction of a new sanitary sewer and pumping station in the Campbell Industrial Park along Wilson Avenue to X-Press Underground Inc. of New Springfield.
Two-thirds of the cost of this project, which is designed to facilitate future industrial development, is being paid for by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers grant and the rest by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant.
The commissioners also honored local grocer Henry Nemenz, who became the first recipient of the Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley’s H.O.P.E. Award on Saturday. H.O.P.E. is an acronym for Honorable, Outstanding, Philanthropic and Excellent.
“Philanthropy is in your blood, and this community is a better place because of what you have done,” Commissioner Anthony Traficanti told Nemenz.
The foundation is a nonprofit organization that champions charitable and financial support and volunteer services to benefit chronically and terminally ill children.