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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - More than 200 road projects in Trumbull and Mahoning Counties have been given the green-light for construction with more than $300,000,000 in federal and local funding.

The Eastgate Regional Council unveiled the details.

"When you have high volume travel areas that affect the overall general public that what you want to address first if you can," said Kathleen Rodi with Eastgate Regional Council.

The projects will affect motorists in both Trumbull and Mahoning Counties.

The Western Reserve Road Bridge near 680 will be renovated. Traffic tends to back up during rush hour. Next year, the bridge will be widened, raised and turning lanes will be added.

At U.S. 224 and State Route 11, near Raccoon Road, construction slated for 2015 will make several changes, so that those making turns don't slow the flow of traffic.

"They're going to add left turn lanes, through lanes, and right through lanes for that," said Rodi.

Also in Mahoning County, the Division Street Bridge in Youngstown will be completely replaced.

As for Trumbull County, at Howland Wilson and East Market Street in Howland Township, turn lanes and a traffic light will be added. This will replace the stop sign that's currently there.

The Olive Street bridge that connects McDonald and Niles has been closed for years but will also be replaced next spring. 

There are many other projects in the works including resurfacing, street lighting and sidewalks.

To find out what's happening in your area, or to submit a comment, visit Eastgatecog.org

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