$7M Coming to Valley for Water Infrastructure Projects

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The city of Youngstown will receive a $4.8 million state grant to replace an existing combined sewer along the Mahoning River.

Approximately 10,800 feet of 60-inch and 48-inch sewer will be installed from Division Street to West Avenue, along with a road for maintenance access and a bike path. Upsizing the existing sewer will allow for more storage capacity, helping eliminate combined sewer overflows.

The funds are part of $135 million in grants that were awarded through the fifth round of the Ohio BUILDS water infrastructure program to support 90 critical water infrastructure projects in 64 counties throughout the state.

The Mahoning County Board of Commissioners will receive a $584,958 grant for a waterline replacement project in Lake Milton. Project activities will include replacing approximately 2,935 feet of 6-inch waterline, 12 new gate valves and five new fire hydrants, and installing 43 services on the west side. Improvements to the east side will consist of replacing 3,985 feet of 6-inch waterline, 18 new gate valves and five fire hydrants, and installing 35 services.

The city of Cortland will receive a $284,105 grant for water facility improvements. Project activities will include upgrades to the well field piping and the replacement of the Main Street waterline. The well field piping upgrades will be located on the east side of the city and will include installing a replacement conduit from the chlorination building near the water tower, running east along Russell Avenue. This will connect four existing wells to the chlorination building. The new water main will be installed along Main Street.

The city of Columbiana will receive a $1,316,824 grant to construct more than 16,000 feet of water line that will connect the new Crestview Road wellfield to the water treatment plant, allowing Columbiana and Fairfield Township residents to receive high-quality drinking water.

“From the first dollar awarded through this program to now, we’ve made hundreds of transformative investments in the future of our communities,” Gov. Mike DeWine said. “Having a strong water infrastructure not only safeguards the health and well-being of our residents, but it makes our neighborhoods more resilient and better prepares local leaders for sustainable economic growth.”

The first three rounds of the program, awarded in October, November and December 2021, were funded with $250 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, appropriated by the 134th Ohio General Assembly. Both the previous and current rounds of the award were funded through an additional $250 million in ARPA funds appropriated by the Legislature through House Bill 45, which was signed by DeWine in January.

Pictured at top: A graphic showing Ohio counties that will receive grants through the fifth round of the Ohio BUILDS water infrastructure program.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.