Lincoln, Wick Rehabs Gear Up for June Starts

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Work should begin in early June on two road projects near the Youngstown State University campus.

Chuck Shasho, deputy director for public works, told members of the city’s Board of Control this morning that he should be able to advertise for bids in the next seven to 10 days for the rehabilitation of Lincoln Avenue from Fifth to Wick avenues. The board had minutes earlier approved entering into a Local Participating Agency agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the project.

The work, estimated at $1.65 million, will include replacement of existing curb ramps with ramps compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act, sidewalk repairs, curbing replacement, pavement markings, replacement of street signs and separation of storm water from the existing storm water system.

Shasho says he expects to award the contract by the end of May. Work should get under way by the beginning of June and be largely completed by September.

“We planned [the project] to avoid the school traffic as much as possible,” he said.

Also launching about the same time as the Lincoln Avenue work will be the long-awaited rehabilitation of Wick Avenue, he said. That project, which will extend from Wood Street to McGuffey Road, will include sanitary sewer and water line replacement, burying of electrical primary feeds, and new streetlights, curbs and sidewalks.

The city is completing the final drawings for the project, estimated at $5.5 million, Shasho said. “Once ODOT prepares the final tracings and gets Federal Highway [Administration] authorization we’ll be able to go out for bids,” he said.

He expects to solicit bids for that work in two to three weeks. Though the two road projects should start around the same time, the Wick Avenue work likely will carry over into 2017, he reported.

“The Wick Avenue project is a little bit more extensive in scope,” he said.

“For both Wick and Lincoln, it’s been a long time coming,” Mayor John McNally said. “There’s going to be some inconvenience to folks at times but it’s going to result in a much cleaner area.”

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