Youngstown pushed back a project to resurface two main roads until next year

Published: Thu, March 22, 2018 @ 12:04 a.m.

By David Skolnick


City council approved a plan to postpone the resurfacing of two main streets until next year in order to not spend $196,000 from its struggling general fund.

The general fund is projected to be balanced after a series of cuts. Council will vote Monday on the finalized budget.

One of those cuts is pushing back a $980,000 project to resurface Himrod Avenue from Lane Avenue to Oak Street on the East Side and Indianola Avenue from Market Street to South Avenue on the South Side. The work also includes upgrading curb ramps and signs and new pavement markings.

The city is currently responsible for 20 percent of the project – $196,000 – with federal funding paying for the rest.

The work won’t be done until 2019, said Charles Shasho, deputy director of public works.

By waiting a year, the city could be eligible for a state grant that would pay for its share of the project’s cost, Shasho said.

Also at its Wednesday meeting, council approved entering into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for a $211,785 project to replace and install new sidewalks and install handicap ramps near Harding Elementary School on the North Side.

There is money in the budget for the city’s share – $42,357, Shasho said.

The sidewalk project will be done later this year, he said.

Councilwoman Lauren McNally, D-5th, said the city school district will be asked to contribute some money toward the project.

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