Traffic signal to be installed at new Boardman fire station


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By Jordyn Grzelewski

jgrzelewski@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

A traffic signal soon will be installed near the township’s new central fire station so fire engines can safely leave the station to get to emergency calls.

Township officials said they recently got approval from the Ohio Department of Transportation to move forward with installation of a signal near the station, which is at Stadium Drive and Market Street.

It’s another step forward in the fire station project, which has long been planned. Groundbreaking for it took place in March.

Township Administrator Jason Loree said receiving authorization for the traffic signal took longer than expected, and officials are hoping it’s done by the time construction on the station is complete.

“I’m hoping that ODOT will be able to have it installed before the station opens,” Loree said. “That would be kind of tough if for some reason they’re not because it does require some new wiring at Stadium and Market Street.”

Either way, the fire department will begin using the station as soon as it can, and would simply be cautious using that intersection if the signal isn’t up, Loree said.

Trustees will receive a request for a change order for the traffic signal portion of the project, which Loree said will cost about $45,000.

Fire Chief Mark Pitzer said construction of the station is slated for completion in the spring.

In other updates, water and electric service to the building have been installed, and work on the roof is wrapping up. The project now is focusing on the building’s interior.

The new station will replace the main fire station located on U.S. Route 224 across from California Avenue. The project has a $3.7 million budget, which includes the original bid amount of $3,393,000 and a 10 percent contingency fund of $339,300.

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