Road project receives approval

LISBON – The Columbiana County engineer was given final approval to proceed with a road realignment project in St. Clair Township.

County commissioners this week authorized engineer Bert Dawson to sign all documents related to the Calcutta-Smith Ferry Road project, currently on track to get underway in the summer of 2016, six years after it was originally proposed.

The engineer’s office has received $3.77 million in federal highway money to help fund the project, which involves realigning a winding and steep one-mile stretch of Calcutta-Smith Ferry Road. The section begins a half mile east of East Liverpool Road and extends nearly to Vernon Dell Tractor.

The new roadway will not only eliminate a 90-degree curve, but reduces the severity of the grade on the hill. The project will include concrete curbs and gutters and storm sewers.

The federal money is covering 80 percent of the cost, and Dawson intends to seek state funding to pay for the county’s share.

“That’s the plan,” he said. “We’ll try to get that side money, but we’re not there yet.”

Dawson said the project has been delayed while extensive soil testing required by Ohio Department of Transportation was performed. Right-of-way acquisition is expected to occur next year.

In related news, commissioners also approved awarding contracts for two sets of vehicles being purchased by the engineer’s office.

The first set of vehicles – four snow trucks, with plowing equipment – are being purchased from Henderson Products of Bucyrus for $111,106. The engineer’s office is also purchasing four new tandem-axle cab and chassis trucks from Fyda Freightliner of Youngstown for $385,856.

The companies were the lowest bidders in both instances.