Golden Triangle project in works

HOWLAND — Work in Howland that should allow businesses in Trumbull County’s Golden Triangle to grow is underway.

J.S. Bova Excavating LLC of Struthers in mid-November worked to install an 8-inch water line along Mill Street NE in Howland, a part of a $198,000 improvement project along the road and Supreme Street.

The Golden Triangle is an industrial area roughly encompassed between North Park Avenue and Larchmont Avenue, with a southern tip where Dana Street and North Park Avenue meet in Warren and extending out into the township. The communities in the area have sought grants to improve it in the interest of increasing its attractiveness to business owners.

The excavating company also is widening and improving drainage along the roads to help support the expansion of businesses in the area.

The majority of the project is being paid for by an Appalachian Regional Commission Rapid Response Grant for $140,800.

An Ohio Department of Transportation Jobs and Commerce Grant, $8,500 from Howland and in-kind services from the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office make up the rest of the cost.

Two fire hydrants will be installed that will allow expansion at Flex Strut, but that work was delayed because there wasn’t access to water for fire suppression.

“Improving the roadways and transportation in the Golden Triangle will improve access to and from the companies over there. We are very happy the project will get started soon and be completed this year. It is really important to get these improvements,” said Darlene St. George, Howland Township’s administrator.

The roads that will be improved have always been narrow and had poor drainage, according to the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office.