HOWLAND - Multiple improvements along North River Road, made possible through a partnership between the Trumbull County Engineer's Office and Howland, soon will be under way.
Phase one of the work - road base repairs and resurfacing, drainage improvements and tree and brush removal from state Route 46 west to North Road - will begin on Monday. The work is expected to take eight weeks to complete.
Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith said the county and township successfully secured a grant through the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments for the second phase of the improvement work.
That work will include sidewalk replacement on both sides of North River Road from Route 46 west to Howland's multi-purpose trail.
Other improvements are filling in ditches, tree and landscape planting and installing park benches.
''This work on North River Road will greatly improve this busy and burgeoning corridor. Adding sidewalks and filling in the ditches will allow safer travels for pedestrians and bicyclists, allowing them better access to Elm Road and other areas that previously had been difficult to get to by alternative means of transportation,'' township Trustee Matthew Vansuch said.
He said the project furthers many of the goals laid out in the township's comprehensive plan.
''While this will cause the loss of the long standing foliage along the road, new and healthy trees, will be planted on their place. Overall, this is a tremendous project,'' Vansuch said