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South Avenue resurfacing starts

Shelly & Sands laborer Jason Eichelberger of Weathersfield shoves milled asphalt from the road surface as BOCA Construction Inc., subcontractor for Shelly & Sands, mills the righthand northbound lane of South Avenue, south of U.S. Route 224, Monday afternoon.

BOARDMAN — A $1 million road resurfacing project on a portion of South Avenue is underway.

The work to South Avenue from Western Reserve Road to Presidential Drive, near the former Sam’s Club location, started Monday.

The Mahoning County Engineer’s Office is urging patience and possibly taking an alternate route.

The road won’t be closed during the resurfacing project, but traffic delays are expected.

The work to that section should be finished in October.

Then the next phase will begin. That is from Presidential Drive north to Matthews Road.

Shelly & Sands, with an office in North Jackson, is handling the first phase of the project after being awarded the work in April at a cost of $1,044,213.

Of that cost, 80 percent is being paid by the Ohio Department of Transportation and 18.1 percent is coming from the Ohio Public Works Commission with the remaining part from the county engineer’s budget.

The second phase, which is expected to be done at the end of the year, will be done by Lindy Paving, with an office in New Castle, Pa., at a cost of $1,424,213. Eighty percent is coming from ODOT with the rest from the county engineer.

A widening project occurred last year on South Avenue from Matthews Road to Lake Park Road that involved curbs, storm sewers, paving and striping.

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