The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning improvements along Market Street next spring to ease roadway flooding. The project will include regarding of existing drainage ditches, installation of new drainage structures and installation of pavement markings for approximately one mile of Ohio 7 between Karago Avenue and DeBartolo Place.
According to ODOT public information officer Justin Chesnic, the project cost is roughly $775,000 and is slated to begin in the spring of 2013.
"The project is federally funded through our district preservation money," Chesnic said.
The project came after a study of Market Street from Western Reserve Road to Southwoods Road. Chesnic said ODOT worked together with Boardman Township, the county engineer and ODOT's Mahoning County maintenance crew to review the drainage along that corridor with the goal of reducing flooding that has been occurring along Market Street.
When the project begins, Chesnic said Market Street will not be closed to traffic, but delays could be expected.
"A minimum of one 10-foot lane of traffic in each direction shall be maintained on SR 7 at all times during project construction," he said. "Access shall be maintained to adjacent properties at all times during construction of the project."
Area residents and businesses can submit questions and comments on the project. They will have until April 26 to send them to Anthony M. Urankar, District 4 Deputy Director, Attn: Mr. James E. Kinnick, P.E., District 4 Planning and Engineering Administrator, Ohio Department of Transportation, 2088 S. Arlington Road, Akron, OH 44306-4243.