Road work set in Valley

Mahoning and Trumbull counties will see a combined $118 million in road construction projects in 2013.

Included in that tally is $67.4 million in new construction, with $38.2 million of that coming to Trumbull County.

More than $7 million of that will be in village of McDonald, including the replacement of the Olive Street bridge over the Mahoning River between Summit and Ohio avenues. Construction will start in October and is expected to end in September of 2014.

Also in McDonald, Ohio Avenue will be resurfaced between Marshall Road and Olive Street, and drainage and curb improvements are also on tap. The tab for that project is $500,000 and is expected to start in May and end in October.

Mayor Glenn Holmes said the Olive Street project is key to stabilizing that part of the village and access to Niles and other places.

”It will give our population greater ingress and egress in those areas,” Holmes said.

He credited Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith for spearheading the drive for the project and also the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments for their help in securing grants.

Holmes also said the Ohio Avenue project will help stabilize and grow not only the industrial base, but the central business business district as well.

In Mesopotamia, resurfacing that started in February on state Route 534 is expected to be completed in November. Resurfacing is to stretch from just north of state Route 87 to one mile south of the Ashtabula County line.

Also, the project includes widening the bridges over Garden Creek and Grapevine Creek and widening the shoulders to allow for horse-drawn buggies.

Mesopotamia Trustee Don Sly said the resurfacing project was originally scheduled to be done last summer.

”It was scheduled for last year but the EPA held it up, so the project was put on hold until this year,” he said. An impact study was done by the agency.

No resurfacing has been done since an emergency resurfacing a few years ago, he said.

”This is a project we plan to see completed,” he said.

Interstate 80 in Trumbull County between state Route 193 and Mount Everett Road will be resurfaced, and the bridges over Logan Way Road and Sampson Road widened. That project started in January and is expected to be finished in October.

Replacement of the bridge over the Mahoning River in Warren Township a mile south of state Routes 5 and 82 and intersection improvements on North Leavitt Road and Tod Avenue N.W. is expected to be completed in October as well.

In Mahoning County, two bridges will be replaced and widened. One on U.S. Route 224 over Interstate 680 and Yellow Creek in Poland Township is expected to cost $5.7 million. The other, the state Route 164 bridge over Interstate 680 is expected to cost about $5.4 million.

Work will start in October and end in October next year. Work on the Poland bridges began in April and will be completed in October.