WARREN - A $1.3 million bridge improvement project on Warren Boulevard S.E., a major traffic artery in and out of the downtown Warren, should be done in October as scheduled, says a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
And at the other end of the spectrum, ODOT is readying for three projects to improve Interstate 80 in Girard.
ODOT spokesman Brent Kovacs said crews in Warren began hanging steel support beams for that bridge deck on Tuesday.
''Everything is on schedule,'' Kovacs said.
Work on the bridge over the Ohio Central Rail line includes reconstruction or replacement of the bridge deck, approach slabs, walls, pavement and guard rails. The work is being funded by state and federal funds, with no local share in this project, and is being overseen by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
It has been closed since May.
Traffic moves north on U.S. Route 422 under the Interstate 80 bridge heading into Girard.
Photo by R. Michael Semple
In Girard, two infrastructure projects along the interstate highway will be built in the next three years, and a third, much larger project is planned for the future.
A traffic signal upgrade at the interstate ramps on U.S. Route 422 is planned for 2014, Kovacs said. The cost is $165,00.
In 2015, a $29 million in improvements to a bridge that crosses railroad tracks, ''just west of the one that is being worked on now,'' are planned, Kovacs said.
Work to be done is replacement and widening, Kovacs said.
Planned for far in the future is an $86 million project to widen the interstate from Interstate 680 to state Route 193, from four lanes to six, said Steve Faulker, ODOT spokesman in Columbus.
It's among a number of Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) projects that have been delayed due to a $1.6 billion budget hole.
Faulker said the project, a tier two project, is one of many that communities around the state have indicated to the state they would like to see happen. A tier I project is a project in some phase of construction. The tier I is where the budget hole exists, Faulkner said.
Construction on tier II projects won't begin until after 2031, Faulkner said.
TRAC is an independent committee that assists ODOT in selecting its largest investments.