City Approves $1.57M Administration, Inspection Contract for Smart2

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city’s Board of Control approved entering into an agreement with Environmental Design Group Inc. for the next phase of downtown’s $31 million downtown road upgrade.

Youngstown will pay $1.57 million to the civil engineering firm to provide construction administration and inspection services for road rehabilitation and safety upgrades under Phase 2 of the Smart2 – Strategic & Sustainable, Medical & Manufacturing, Academic & Arts, Residential & Recreational, Technology & Training – Network project. 

Of that, the city’s local share will be $313,954, to be paid from auto license fee funds. 

In January, the city awarded a $15.8 million design-build contract with Marucci & Gaffney Excavating Co. for Phase 2 of the project, which will involve a redesign and rebuild of Fifth Avenue from the expressway to Park Avenue, along with upgrades to Park, Phelps Street, Commerce Street, Front Street, Federal Street and Rayen Avenue.

Last year, the board approved a $679,894 contract with Environmental Design Group to provide construction engineering services for the first phase of the Smart2 project, a $6.9 million redesign of Fifth Avenue from West Federal Street to the Madison Avenue. 

Work on that segment of the project, which got under way last summer, is on track for completion by July, said Charles Shasho, Youngstown deputy director of public works. 

A third phase of the project will involve implementation of an autonomous shuttle service in the downtown area once the road construction work is completed.  

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