Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Eastgate outlines transportation projects through 2021

Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
Published: 4/8/17 @ 12:04

By Justin Wier



The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments released a list of transportation projects coming to the Mahoning Valley over the next four years, including a new interchange on Interstate 680, a roundabout at five points in Springfield Township and the completion of a bike trail connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River.

In addition to routine road-resurfacing and signal upgrades, the list of 53 projects slated for 2018 through 2021 contains some major changes for Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

The new interchange on I-680 will connect the interstate to state Route 164 in Beaver Township at the intersection of 164 and state Route 626. The goal of the $12.7 million project is to reduce congestion at the interchange on Western Reserve Road. It’s scheduled for 2018.

Stephen Zubyk, manager of Eastgate’s transportation improvement program, said the roundabout at the intersection of Mathews and Sheridan Road in Boardman was a success, and one will be added at five points in Springfield Township where Western Reserve, North Lima and Springfield roads all meet. The project will cost $1.3 million and is scheduled over 2018 and 2019. “The main point of the roundabout is not only safety,” Zubyk said. “It’s going to reduce travel times immensely.”

He added the reduced congestion will have positive environmental effects as well, as cars won’t be sitting at the intersection quite as long.

Finally, the Lake to River Greenway Bike Trail connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River will be completed in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Phase III of the MetroParks Bikeway will run from Western Reserve Road to state Route 14. The $3.5 million project will be constructed in 2019. Phase IV of the Western Reserve Greenway in Trumbull County will connect Warren to Niles. The $2.6 million project is scheduled for 2020.

Eastgate has funds dedicated to most of the projects, Zubyk said, but the majority of the funding is from state and federal organizations. Zubyk said they have about $9 million per year to allocate to local projects.

All told, the 53 projects will total $76.3 million.

He said it’s important to get public opinion both for specific projects and everything as a whole.

“We reach out to everyone to make sure these projects aren’t having a negative impact on people in any type of community,” he said.

Questions and comments can be directed to Zubyk at 234-254-1513.

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