Temporary inconvenience should pay off

Temporary inconvenience accessing East Market Street from state Route 82 will be worth it when a safer new crossing is completed.

The very busy crossing, frequently the site of collisions and near misses, has been in need of an upgrade for quite some time.

That’s why we are pleased to hear from many of the merchants and other businesses dotting East Market Street in Howland center who are remaining optimistic about the short-term inconvenience this $700,000 intersection reconstruction will bring.

In the long run, ODOT tells us the new design will allow for left-hand turns into Howland off the Route 82 exit ramp, making traffic flow more smoothly and hopefully more safely, as well. Two traffic signals also will be added to the intersection, along with a concrete barrier on East Market Street to separate people turning left onto Warren Sharon Road from the traffic going onto the Route 82 ramp.

The entire project is scheduled to wrap up in late November.

Likewise, motorists are experiencing temporary travel inconveniences in Newton Falls due to a bridge replacement on state Route 534 near downtown.

While businesses there are reporting a significant decline in business due to the closure, we believe the 75-day $1.3 million project will pay off in the long run.

The Newton Falls construction project includes a bridge deck replacement on the span located between River Road and Milton Boulevard, followed by a resurfacing of state Route 534 from Milton Avenue to Grand Boulevard, according to ODOT documents. The project expected to be completed by October.

While some businesses and travelers might not see it as good planning, the Trumbull County Engineer’s office had the foresight also to close the Newton Falls Covered Bridge during the project in order to keep significant traffic from detouring across the historic bridge.

In the meantime, businesses there are banding together to possibly consider investing in a joint advertising campaign that would remind drivers that the village’s quaint downtown shopping district remains open for business.

That’s a good idea and cooperative thinking.

In the end, after limping through the challenging summer, we suspect businesses and visitors will see the roadwork in both Howland and Newton Falls will pay off by making their communities more welcoming to all motorists.



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