East Palestine intersection to get upgrade without losing any parking

EAST PALESTINE — An intersection along North Market Street in the downtown is slated for upgrades, and at no cost to the village.

Council passed legislation last week approving the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) project for the North Market and Rebecca Street intersection.

Village Manager Pete Monteleone said the project is estimated to cost roughly $300,000. According to the legislation, ODOT is responsible for 100 percent of the cost.

North Market Street is also state Route 170 and ODOT is responsible for state roads.

Monteleone said ODOT contacted the village about a year ago, citing the number of traffic accidents at the intersection. The department said upgrades are necessary to make the intersection more safe.

“They talked about fixing it by eliminating parking. We told them we absolutely did not want to eliminate parking downtown, that it was limited as it was,” Monteleone said.

The project consists of an upgrade to the traffic signal and pavement markings and will not affect parking.

The legislation states that if the village wishes to request certain features be added to the project, the additional cost will be the responsibility of the village.

The village has not indicated it will request any additional features.

The legislation also states that if curb ramps are constructed by ODOT in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, future maintenance of the curbs will the responsibility of the village.

Monteleone said he is pleased the village will be getting a more modern traffic light without having to spend money.

“As we know, our traffic lights are outdated as it is, so to get one of them free is wonderful,” he said.

Council approved the legislation as an emergency in order to meet the May 18 deadline requested by ODOT so the department can send the project documents to Columbus and begin to schedule bid dates.