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The county engineer’s workplace is planning to remove a particularly curvy part of Calcutta-Smith Ferry Street in St. Clair Township. The world focused for realignment is a small part of the highway west of Vernon Dell Tractor, the place the highway begins a downward plunge to East Liverpool Street. That is the view of one of many curves trying west. (Picture by Tom Giambroni)

LISBON — The Columbiana County Engineer’s Workplace is planning to remove a particularly curvy part of highway in St. Clair Township.

County Engineer Bert Dawson informed the county Transportation Enchancment District board on Monday if everybody works out that realignment of the problematic part of Calcutta-Smith Ferry Street, which is a county highway, may start this summer time.

The focused space is a small part of Calcutta-Smith Ferry Street simply west of Vernon Dell Tractor. There are two main curves excessive on a hill because the highway begins a downward plunge to East Liverpool Street, and Dawson mentioned the plan is to remove these curves by straightening out the part.

The price is an estimated $5.5 million, which Dawson calls “one of many greatest initiatives we’ve executed in awhile.” The county has secured a mix of federal and state grants to cowl about 80 % of the price, with the engineer’s workplace required to contribute $600,000.

Dawson is chairman of the TID board, which was created about 5 years in the past by county commissioners to hunt funding for native highway initiatives basically. The board is eligible to hunt state TID grants of as much as $250,000 yearly and agreed at Monday’s assembly to ask that its 2021 software be for the Calcutta-Smith Ferry Street venture. He mentioned this could be used to handle the drainage portion of the venture.

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TID grants are awarded in Could, and if the board’s software is accredited, Dawson anticipates development may start someday this summer time. He mentioned the work would take 9 months.

There about 15 affected property house owners, and Dawson mentioned they’ve already secured the mandatory proper of how. The engineer’s workplace is working with the Buckeye Water District in looking for a grant to assist pay for relocation of the BWD waterline that runs alongside the highway.

The venture was first proposed a few decade in the past, and the engineer’s workplace has been working quietly behind the scenes to safe the the funding to make it occur. Dawson mentioned like most initiatives that contain federal funding and approval “there loads of hoops it’s important to soar by means of.”

In different motion on the board assembly, Jackie Shreeve, Dawson’s administrative assistant, up to date members on the Beaver Native faculty district crosswalk venture. Beaver Native’s Ok-12 campus is situated throughout the highway from the Madison Plaza, which is house to a restaurant/bakery and fitness center widespread with college students and workers. To get there, college students should stroll throughout the closely traveled Bell Faculty Street, and there’s no crosswalk.

The varsity discovered of a federal grant accessible by means of the Ohio Mid-Jap Governments Affiliation, and Columbiana County is a member county. The grant requires an area authorities company to function the applicant, and the TID board agreed. The grant would cowl 95 % of the price, with Beaver Native liable for the remaining 5 %.

The plan is to place in a conventional crosswalk with gentle pole and solar-powered flashing pedestrian warning lights. The crosswalk could be throughout from the plaza and close to the baseball subject. The price is an estimated $98,140.

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OMEGA will act on the grant software this summer time, and if accredited Beaver Native would have till July 2023 to finish the venture.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

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