WARREN - Several Trumbull County bridges are being targeted by the Ohio Department of Transportation for improvements, including the removal and replacement of a structure that spans the Mahoning River on U.S. Route 422 in Warren.
A separate project will improve parts of state Route 88 in northern Trumbull County and build wildlife crossings under the roadway to accommodate small animals in the Grand River Wildlife area.
ODOT is announcing the projects and calling for any questions or comments to be submitted from residents by March deadlines.
Included in the plans released last week by ODOT is the replacement and widening of the 365-foot continuous steel beam bridge structure over the Mahoning River. The bridge is located on Parkman Road on the city's northwest side. The new construction will accommodate turning lanes at the intersections of U.S. 422 with Tod Avenue, Lovers Lane and Brookside Drive.
This project is scheduled to begin in spring of 2012 at an estimated cost of $5.5 million.
ODOT officials say a minimum of one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times during construction, and access also will be maintained to adjacent properties during the project.
Questions or comments regarding this project should be submitted to ODOT by March 21.
A separate Trumbull County project will affect six bridge and culvert structures along state Route 88 in Farmington and Bristol townships.
The proposed project will incorporate small animal wildlife crossings along a section of Route 88, which passes between two large wetland complexes and forested areas adjacent to the Grand River Wildlife area. Three dry culverts will act as small animal wildlife crossings under Route 88, and exclusion fencing will guide the movements of reptiles, amphibians and small mammals to the culverts.
Also included in the project is resurfacing of seven miles along state Route 88 from the Trumbull County line east to state Route 45 in Farmington and Bristol.
The Route 88 project is scheduled for this summer at an estimated cost of $2 million. A minimum of one bidirectional 10-foot lane of traffic will be maintained at all times, and access will be maintained to adjacent properties at all times during construction of the project.
Questions or comments on this project should be submitted to ODOT by March 19.
ODOT officials say neither project will have substantial impact on the environment, cultural resources or suspect hazardous waste sites.