Poland Village residents address concerns about 224 traffic back - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Poland Village residents address concerns about 224 traffic back up

Posted: Updated:

POLAND VILLAGE, Ohio - Traffic back-ups in the Boardman/Poland area have motorists frustrated.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, each day 25,000 vehicles pass through the area of Interstate 680 and U.S. Route 224. A construction project to widen the 224 bridge has the traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.

At a special Poland Village Council meeting, residents asked ODOT officials if the project, slated to be finished next fall, could be completed sooner.

"Two shifts would get the project done much quicker," said Poland Twp. Resident John Klimko. "It'll help out the businesses, the residents, and everyone involved."

But ODOT officials say that it's unfortunately not possible.

"The contractor pays the price according to how he's going to work that job, so the shifts they have set up now is unfortunately how that project has been bid and how its going to be finished out," said ODOT Spokesman Brent Kovacs.

Another topic of concern: the busy holiday shopping season and how construction will affect business.

Kovacs says construction won't be an issue, and the 224 Bridge will be back to normal by the end of October. Construction will then resume in the spring.

"That's really because of the materials we use,"Kovacs said. "You can't use asphalt, concrete when its cold outside."

"I think that is a good thing in one way, but in other ways they should wait until the weather gets bad so they can get the project over as soon as possible," said Poland Village Resident Marion Gillette.

 

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Ohio State Fair opens but rides closed after deadly accident

    Ohio State Fair opens but rides closed after deadly accident

    Thursday, July 27 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-07-27 18:30:37 GMT
    The Ohio State Fair will be open Thursday, a day after one person was killed and seven others were injured when an "aggressive thrill" ride broke apart.More >>
    The Ohio State Fair will be open Thursday, a day after one person was killed and seven others were injured when an "aggressive thrill" ride broke apart.More >>
  • Austintown man charged with deadly drug overdose

    Austintown man charged with deadly drug overdose

    Thursday, July 27 2017 2:12 PM EDT2017-07-27 18:12:15 GMT

    An Austintown man has been arrested on a secret indictment accusing him of providing a deadly combination of cocaine and fentanyl to a man who overdosed at a Youngstown bar. 

    More >>

    An Austintown man has been arrested on a secret indictment accusing him of providing a deadly combination of cocaine and fentanyl to a man who overdosed at a Youngstown bar. 

    More >>
  • A search turned up LSD, pills, and meth

    Police: Boardman man admits selling drugs

    Police: Boardman man admits selling drugs

    Thursday, July 27 2017 1:51 PM EDT2017-07-27 17:51:31 GMT

    Boardman Police have arrested a man who officers say confessed to being a drug dealer. Police pulled over a car on Route 224 Wednesday evening for an alleged traffic violation and found that 25-year-old Julian Missioni, was driving with a suspended license. When Missioni denied officers permission to search his car, they called in a drug-sniffing K9 who indicated the presence of narcotics in the car, according to the police report. Police say the search turned up methamphetamine, L...

    More >>

    Boardman Police have arrested a man who officers say confessed to being a drug dealer. Police pulled over a car on Route 224 Wednesday evening for an alleged traffic violation and found that 25-year-old Julian Missioni, was driving with a suspended license. When Missioni denied officers permission to search his car, they called in a drug-sniffing K9 who indicated the presence of narcotics in the car, according to the police report. Police say the search turned up methamphetamine, L...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms