Mahoning, Columbiana Transportation Projects Awarded $761K

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Transportation projects in Mahoning and Columbiana counties will receive more than $760,000 in state funds.

Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday announced the investment of $3.5 million into 10 projects from Transportation Improvement Districts, with one in each of 10 counties. The funds will cover project development and construction in 2024, 2025 and 2026.

“Our economy relies on the ability to move people and goods,” DeWine said in a news release. “These funds will ensure that our transportation system is keeping pace with Ohio’s growing economic needs.”

The state awarded $261,386 to the Mahoning Avenue Industrial Corridor Upgrade project to upgrade Mahoning Avenue and Rosemont Road in North Jackson. The project will include a bridge replacement and a new traffic signal. Companies in the area, including Amazon, FedEx, Extrude Aluminum and Universal Stainless, have large amounts of truck traffic.

In January, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it had awarded a $2.4 million grant, matched by $3 million in local funds, to support the project.

In Columbiana County, the County Road 430 Reconstruction project will receive $500,000 to upgrade the County Road 430 corridor with widening, curb and gutter improvements, and correct horizontal and vertical alignments. The east‐west route in St. Clair Township connects the area to the Shell Chemicals Appalachia LLC cracker plant in Pennsylvania.

The Ohio Department of Transportation awarded the funding to applications that support job creation and retention, economic development, intergovernmental cooperation and private capital investment throughout the state.

Of the funding, $1 million will fund development of projects, while the remaining $2.5 million will fund construction. The projects range from roadway extensions to turn lanes. The funding provided for each project is limited to $500,000 per fiscal year.

“These investments will go a long way toward ensuring that our state can attract new companies to invest in Ohio and allow existing companies to continue providing quality jobs to Ohioans,” ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks said.

There are 53 Transportation Improvement Districts in Ohio. They are made up of public and private entities to pursue transportation resources and investments that directly benefit economic development.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.