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Township repaving having good year

August 1, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Poland Township Trustees put the 2013 road resurfacing program out to bid this month. The program calls for resurfacing four township roads at a cost around $100,000.

"Every year, we try to set that much aside for our road repaving program," said Chairman Bob Lidle.

On this year's list are Denver Drive, Burgess Lake Drive, Hamilton Drive, and Tuscany Drive. The bids for those roads will be opened at the Aug. 14 township trustees meeting and will be awarded once paperwork is in order.

The four roads are not the only ones to get paved this year. The township has teamed with Lowellville to pave several roads on North Hill. Park Avenue, Rose Drive, and Jaric Avenue were all paved when Lowellville conducted its road resurfacing program. By teaming up, Poland Township saved a lot of money since the road crew was already in the area. Lidle said it was roughly $16,000 for the three roads, but would have been considerably higher had the township done the work on its own.

As if the partnership with Lowellville wasn't enough, the township also worked with the Mahoning County Engineer to get two more roads paved. Lidle said the county will pave Walker Mill Road and Clingan Road from U.S. 224 northward.

"We meet with the county engineer on an annual basis," Lidle said. "We felt that Walker Mill was important to be done this year because of the number of people who are avoiding U.S. 224 at I-680 during the construction," Lidle said. "The new county engineer [Patrick Ginnetti] has been great to work with and has often taken the lead to help us out."

He said Poland Township has always taken roads seriously and has worked hard to keep them in good shape. He said even snow removal is important and the township is the only one in the county to clear the roads in one day.

While this year's road program is a few weeks away from starting, the township already has a list of roads for next year's program. Included on the 2014 list will be Clingan Road from U.S. 224 to Dobbins Road.



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