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Mill Creek MetroParks seeks public input on projects

The road and bridge projects are scheduled to begin in summer 2020.
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Improvements are planned for the southern section of East Newport Drive totaling 0.86 miles (Shields Road to Kreider’s Entrance) and a portion of Valley Drive totaling 0.38 miles (East Park Drive to the Suspension Bridge), both of which are located in Mill Creek Park. (Photo by William D. Lewis)

YOUNGSTOWN — Mill Creek MetroParks is seeking public comment about the social, environmental and economic impacts of proposed road and bridge projects.

One project involves improvements to the southern section of East Newport Drive totaling 0.86 miles (Shields Road to Kreider’s Entrance) and a portion of Valley Drive totaling 0.38 miles (East Park Drive to the Suspension Bridge), both of which are located in Mill Creek Park. The proposed project activities include pavement planing, roadway resurfacing, shoulder restoration and the reapplication of pavement markings.

The project is scheduled to begin construction in summer 2020 with an estimated cost of  $297,418. Some of the project funding ($123,316) will be provided by the ODOT — Park District Improvement Fund (2020-2021 Biennium). The MetroParks will provide the remaining $174,102 in match funds, as well as contribute professional engineering, contract management and construction project management/inspection services.

During construction, portions of both East Newport and Valley Drive will be closed to all pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic. A detour route will be provided for vehicular traffic. 

The second project involves improvements to the Old Orchard Bridge on Chestnut Hill Drive. Proposed project activities consist of furnishing labor, materials and equipment necessary to resurface the asphalt concrete pavement over the bridge, seal/waterproof the bridge decking, repair/improve the concrete walks and timber railings, perform stone masonry repair (tuck-pointing), cleaning and all other tasks incidental to completion of this project. 

The project is scheduled to begin construction in summer 2020 with an estimated cost of $200,000. Eighty percent ($160,000) of the project's funding will be provided by ODOT through Surface Transportation Program funds. The MetroParks will provide the remaining 20 percent ($40,000) in match funds, as well as contribute professional engineering, contract management and construction project management/inspection services.

This project is expected to be complete in about 60 days. During construction, the Old Orchard Bridge will be closed to all pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic for a maximum of 45 days. A detour route will be provided for vehicular traffic.

For comments or questions, contact Nick Derico, Natural Resources steward, at 330-702-3000, ext. 136, or nderico@millcreekmetroparks.org.