City Plans $2.9M Project on Boardman, Walnut Streets

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – As it approaches the end of the Smart2 Network project, the city is preparing to restripe and make other upgrades to sections of two more downtown streets beginning this summer.

According to a Thursday afternoon news release from the city’s department of public works, the $2.9 million project will involve restriping Boardman Street between Walnut Street and Market Street, and Walnut between Front Street and Commerce Street. Within those sections, travel lanes would be reduced to one through lane in each direction with dedicated turn lanes, as needed.

Additional proposed improvements include new dedicated parallel and diagonal on-street parking, new brick and concrete walk and new curb ramp installations to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards, new or upgraded crosswalks, improved lighting, new landscaping, installation of a new midblock crossing at Eastern Gateway Community College and new traffic control sign installations.

Work is slated to begin this summer and will be completed by late fall 2025. During construction, existing traffic patterns will be maintained as long as possible, according to the release. Thereafter, one block at a time along both Boardman Street and Walnut Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, and detours will be provided.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times on both streets, and access will be maintained to all adjacent properties, residences, businesses and intersecting side streets. The construction schedule, lane restriction information and detour information will be posted within the construction limits prior to construction starting.

Due to the low volume of vehicles using these streets and the availability of cross streets and parallel streets, substantial traffic disruptions are not expected during project construction, city officials said.

Anyone interested in commenting on the project is invited to contact Charles Shasho, deputy director of public works, by mailing the City of Youngstown, 26 S. Phelps St., 5th Floor, Youngstown, OH 44503; calling 330 742 8800; or emailing

Comments received by Feb. 5 will be considered during this phase of project development, but all comments will be addressed.

Individuals without computer access can request hard copies of the project materials. Those who require interpretation services or reasonable accommodation to view the project material or provide comments are encouraged to contact Shasho.Specific project information can be found HERE.

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