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Road-widening project to begin July 5 on Western Reserve Road

Motorist encouraged to seek alternate routes

June 28, 2011
By Richard Sberna
A light drizzle fell on local officials as they held a groundbreaking ceremony June 24 for a road-widening project on Western Reserve Road. Construction will begin after the July 4 holiday and is expected to last approximately one year.

A 2.3-mile stretch of Western Reserve Road between Ohio 46 and Tippecanoe Road will be widened, with lanes going from an existing 10 feet to 12 feet in width, and a four-foot paved shoulder added to both sides of the road. It will also be reprofiled at intersections to improve visibility.

“This will make it a safer road for both the traveling public and the residents alongside,” said Mahoning County Engineer Richard Marsico.

According to Marsico, there will be road closures from South Raccoon Road to Detwiler and from Detwiler to Tippecanoe, though it will be open to residents who live in those areas. He also said that it should be open to traffic during the Canfield Fair.

“We’ve coordinated things with the fair board and the people in charge of traffic, the state Highway Patrol,” he said. Otherwise, people will be encouraged to find different routes during the construction period.

Marsico acknowledged that the road has been in need of improvement for years, as more people have moved further out into new developments. However, environmental concerns and budgetary problems delayed the project. In fact, Marsico said that the first request for funding was made almost 20 years ago. However, the bulk of the project’s $4,043,000 cost will come from Federal Highway Administration, obtained through the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments. A.P. O’Horo is the contractor on the project.

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Photo by Richard Sberna, Town Crier
County Engineer Richard Marsico was on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony June 24 for a road-widening project on West Western Reserve Road. The yearlong project will affect a 2.3-mile stretch between Ohio 46 and Tippecanoe Road.



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