ODOT Seeks Public Input on Wick Avenue Bridge Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking for the public’s input on its plan to rehabilitate the existing bridge on Wick Avenue over U.S. Route 422 in the city.

The proposed project will consist of replacing the existing bridge deck, roadway approach slabs, adjacent intersection pavement, sidewalk, curb ramps and lighting, a news release states.

During construction, one 12-foot lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on U.S. 422 at all times. However, construction will require 60-day closures to the existing U.S. Route 422/Wick Avenue interchange ramps and Wick Avenue at the bridge site. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic detours will be implemented.

The detour route for northbound traffic will use Rayen, Fifth, Park and Madison avenues. The detour route for southbound traffic will use only Madison, Fifth and Rayen avenues. Pedestrians who seek to access Wick Avenue and the residential areas, businesses and schools north and south of U.S. Route 422 will use West Scott Street, Elm Street and the Westbound Service Road. 

The proposed project is in the preliminary engineering phase, with detailed design scheduled to begin in winter 2024. The $3.4 million project is scheduled to begin construction in summer 2026 and last for approximately one year.

ODOT is seeking public comment on project-related issues such as the effect on residents, businesses, the local economy and historic or cultural resources.

Questions and comments can be sent to Sean Carpenter, environmental specialist at ODOT, District 4, by calling 330 786 2274 or emailing Sean.Carpenter@dot.ohio.gov. Questions and comments can also be submitted HERE. Comments received by Dec. 1 will be considered during this phase of the project.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.