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Tax levy for roads OK’d for fall ballot

YOUNGSTOWN– Mahoning County voters will decide in November whether they want to increase the county sales tax by a quarter of 1 percent for five years to pave more roads and improve more bridges.


Ottawa County committed to road repairs

PORT CLINTON — The Ottawa County Engineer’s Office still has just over 16 miles of road to be resurfaced this year.

Engineer Ronald Lajti Jr. provided an overview of the costs associated with this year's road work. He also highlighted a few projects in particular.


Nearly 30 Clark County roads resurfaced this spring following pandemic delay

A resurfacing project that impacted nearly 30 roads in Clark County, half of which was funded through an Ohio Public Works Commission grant, is in its end stages following a pandemic-induced delay.

The Clark County Board of Commissioners approved Wednesday the final change order for the project, which totaled nearly $2.2 million.


Landslides continue to be a problem on many roads

In 2018, record rainfall resulted in federally-qualified emergency relief for landslips on Washington County roads.

Then again, in 2019, more rain, more landslips, more roads disappearing down hillsides.

Then a pandemic in 2020 put a halt on many construction plans, design firms went remote, and government offices up the line tightened the belt.


A fix is on the way for problem road in Belmont County

There is good news for drivers who have recently attempted to navigate Willow Grove Road between St. Clairsville and Neffs in Belmont County.

The road has been plagued with issues since storms swept through the area 2 years ago.


New measure could have all Mahoning County roads paved in 5 years, engineer says

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – With a stagnant budget to meet rising costs that have doubled in the last 20 years, Mahoning County’s Engineer Pat Ginnetti wants a chance to sell voters on a new way to fund road paving.

“We have to start thinking outside of the box. We can’t continue to use, ‘This is how we’ve always done it,’ Ginnetti said.


Truck driver shortage impacts operations of county engineer's office

NEW PHILADELPHIA The nationwide shortage of qualified truck drivers is affecting the operations of the Tuscarawas County Engineer's Office. 

According to Tuscarawas County Engineer Joe Bachman, there are very few applicants for current county openings. 


No naysayers at sales tax hearing

CANFIELD — No opposition was voiced Monday during the first public hearing to discuss a proposed 0.25 percent sales tax increase to fund road and bridge repairs in Mahoning County over the next five years.

Following a presentation by Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti on how the money would be spent, township trustees from Berlin and Green spoke in support of the temporary sales tax increase.


$1.4M grant to go toward Middle Urbana Road improvement

The Clark County Engineer’s Office, in partnership with Northeastern Local School District, was awarded a $1.4 million grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission to fund an improvement project for Middle Urbana Road.


Bixby Road reconstruction means drivers must use detours

Driving on west Bixby Road is going to be different for a while.

A portion of west Bixby Road will be closed to through traffic, beginning on or around July 19, for approximately 60 days for road and culvert improvements.

This improvement is part of the west Bixby Road reconstruction project, which is being done in two phases by the city of Groveport in partnership with the Franklin County Engineer’s office.


Paint Creek flows towards Scenic River designation

CHILLICOTHE - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has reached an understanding with the Ross County Engineer's Office concerning the designation of Paint Creek as a scenic waterway. 

The agreement gives assurances to County Engineer Charles Ortman that the engineer's office will be able to access the three bridges over the waterway for the next 30 years, by which time state regulations for all bridges will likely catch up to those used by ODNR concerning structures over scenic waterways. 


Road contracts coming after long wait

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Some long-awaited repairs to two Belmont County roads are being scheduled, and County Engineer Terry Lively said work should begin soon.


New roundabout nears completion

BERLIN TOWNSHIP — Peachblow Road should reopen Saturday as a roundabout is completed.

Motorists who live in the area know that Peachblow Road was closed at the railroad tracks starting on May 24. Norfolk Southern Railway made the closure “for emergency repairs between Crownover Way and Piatt Road,” said the Delaware County Engineer’s Office (DCEO) in a press release. The engineer’s office continued the closure for 45 days to install a roundabout.


Butler County will have 30 roundabouts by the end of 2020: What’s the latest?

Another major Butler County intersection will be closed starting Monday as phase 2 of construction for a roundabout begins, according to the Butler County Engineer’s Office.


New Kinsman bridge dedicated

KINSMAN — One of the bridges damaged by the July 2019 flood in Kinsman has been replaced with a new structure that opened on Kinsman Pymatuning Road.

A ribbon cutting and official dedication of the bridge in the township’s northeastern section took place Friday with township trustees, Trumbull County Engineer’s Office officials and local residents attending.


County lands more state water funds

LISBON — Columbiana County and the Hanoverton area will be the beneficiaries of more than $500,000 in funding through H2Ohio.

Gov. Mike DeWine’s office and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced this week the county is one of eight projects awarded H2Ohio Wastewater Infrastructure Grants, with the county receiving $500,000. The county will be using the money toward the installation of sewer lines in Hanoverton, which will help connect 153 homes in the village to the Kensington wastewater treatment plant.


Engineer pursues input on water, sewer projects

WARREN — An Ohio House bill primarily dealing with repaying loans the state received to pay unemployment benefits also included provisions opening up $250 million in state funding to fund local water and sewer projects.

County engineers are responsible for signing off on the application for the funds, even when they are not the sanitary engineer in a county.


Crile Road widening project in Concord Township slated to start July 6

The Lake County commissioners recently awarded a contract for the widening of Crile Road to three lanes between Auburn Road and a point 550 feet north of Girdled Road in Concord Township.

The contract was awarded to Ronyak Paving, Inc., of Burton for approximately $840,000, which includes additional private monies, Lake County Engineer Jim Gills confirmed.


Commissioners discuss county roadways

GREENVILLE — The Darke County Board of Commissioners met Wednesday afternoon to discuss resurfacing county roadways and ditch maintenance. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were all present.


Mahoning Ave. work nearing completion

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti told county commissioners Thursday that the main part of the Mahoning Avenue repaving project is complete, except for items such as adjusting the locations of manholes.


New process to transfer property goes into effect Thursday

JEFFERSON — Ashtabula County Auditor David Thomas and County Engineer Tim Martin have prepared for Thursday for several months, planning to change the way property is transferred in the county. 


Monroe County takes bids for slip repairs

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Board of Commissioners accepted bids Monday for repairs on three more long-standing slips.

“We opened bids for Ohio Public Works emergency projects that we have coming up. It would have been three slip repairs,” Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick said Tuesday. “A lot of what we have going on now are slip repairs, for (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), for the State of Ohio EMA, and also for Ohio Public Works.


Trustees lobbying for tax to support road work across Mahoning County

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Unity Road in Springfield Township has been patched so many times over the years that some spots are more faded in color than others. In the meantime, work continues to pave a stretch of heavily traveled Mahoning Avenue.

The desire to get more road work done across the county prompted members of the local Trustees Association to ask Mahoning County Commissioners to hold public hearings in order to gauge support for a five-year sales tax levy. The measure would be put on the ballot in the fall to pay for road work across the county.


Lyons Road to close next month for bridge replacement in Washington Twp.

WASHINGTON TWP., Montgomery County — Lyons Road between Yankee Street and Washington Church Road will close July 12 for a bridge replacement over Holes Creek.

The closure is expected to last until Nov. 12, according to the Montgomery County Engineer’s Office.


As Infirmary Road closes for construction, here's Portage County's paving plans for 2021

Infirmary Road in Mantua Township will be closed for 45 days starting Monday.

Mike Collins, project manager with the Portage County Engineer's office, said the work includes resurfacing and realignment of two sections of Infirmary Road in Shalersville and Mantua townships. One section of the road, between Dudley and Mennonite Road in Mantua Township, will be closed for the work. Detours will be posted.


OSUM dedicates historic marker honoring Ohio Standard Baseline

MANSFIELD - The Ohio State University at Mansfield unveiled the new Ohio History Connection marker for the last remaining pillar on the campus from the Ohio Standard Baseline (OSB) project.

The OSB was a geodetic baseline that provided highly accurate measurements of the Earth and made possible extremely fine calibrations of surveying equipment.


Let's have another round-about: Wooster, Wayne County plan intersection improvements

Improving safety and traffic control are the top reasons why the city and Wayne County plan to install roundabouts at two more intersections.


Emergency repairs needed on University Drive bridge

NEW PHILADELPHIA Work is expected to begin around Aug. 4 on emergency repairs to the bridge over Beaverdam Creek on University Drive.


Mahoning engineer says working on Mahoning Ave. at night is safety issue

With warmer weather and work returning to normal, road construction seems like it's at an all-time high in the Mahoning Valley. 

A paving project that's going on in areas of Mahoning Avenue has caused some temporary delays and some have asked, why can't work be done in the evening when there is less traffic?

21 News went to Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti for answers. 


Franklin County engineer planning to resurface nearly 37 miles of county, township roads

The Franklin County Engineer’s office is planning to resurface nearly 37 miles of roads this year, in addition to other roadway and bridge projects set to begin this summer.


County part of new inland port district

LISBON — The largest statistical inland port district in the U.S. has been approved by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and Columbiana is one of the 16 counties that is included.


Gaysport Bridge will remain closed until new bridge is built

BLUE ROCK TOWNSHIP - Results from a county consultant's inspection concluded the Gaysport Bridge shouldn't be reopened before it can be completely replaced.

The recent report provided to the Muskingum County Engineer's Office came after an April decision to close the bridge until further notice due to some initial safety concerns.


County considers asking for sales tax hike

YOUNGSTOWN — Members of the Mahoning County Township Trustees Association and Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti approached the county commissioners Thursday to ask them to place a quarter-percent sales tax increase on the November ballot.


Bellville-Johnsville and Lexington-Ontario roads residents must remove obstructions before paving

MANSFIELD -- Eighteen residents along seven miles of Bellville-Johnsville and Lexington-Ontario roads must remove right-of-way obstructions before a street resurfacing project later this year.

That was the message Tuesday from Richland County Engineer Adam Gove, who met with county commissioners to discuss a project that will be 80 percent funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation.


Clermont County residents can weigh in on plans for $7 million road project

Transportation officials are inviting Clermont County residents to weigh in on preliminary plans for a $7 million project designed to reduce congestion along two heavily traveled roadways in Union Township.


Ross County Engineer Looking Into Impacts from Paint Creek Designation

Ross County Engineer Charlie Ortman made a brief periodic report to the Ross County Commissioners Monday morning. 

Ortman said he continues to communicate with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on the proposed designation of Paint Creek and its major tributaries as scenic waterways. 


Roundabout construction to start at busy Butler County intersection known for crashes

Construction of a roundabout at a rural Milford Twp. intersection that is one of the most crash-prone in the county and state will begin next week.

Crews have been at the intersection of U.S. 127 and Ohio 73 for a couple weeks doing preliminary work, but construction of a $2.6 million single-lane roundabout will begin in earnest on Tuesday. 


Monroe County planning to construct a fuel station

WOODSFIELD — A proposed fuel station project that would supply fuel to multiple entities throughout the county is moving forward.


Hearings set to review proposed conveyance standards

JEFFERSON — Ashtabula County Auditor David Thomas and County Engineer Tim Martin are hosting two upcoming hearings to review proposed updates to the Ashtabula County Conveyance Standards.


Job Opening: Clark County Seeking Tax Map Director

The Clark County Engineer is Accepting Applications for a Full Time Position of Tax Map Director Job Posting


Job Opening: Belmont County Seeking Project Engineer

The Belmont County Engineer is Accepting Applications for a Full Time Position of Project Engineer:  Read More


Mahoning County engineer receives honor he intends to pay forward

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An honor for Mahoning County’s engineer that he now hopes to “pay forward” and help other families deal with medical tragedies.

Pat Ginnetti told Mahoning County Commissioners Thursday that he was recently nominated as “Man of the Year” as part of a virtual fundraising campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


4 miles of paved roadway in Allen County this spring will be from recycled passenger car tires

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is in the road business and Allen County is going to benefit from that.  The Allen County Engineers Office received a grant from the Ohio EPA to use recycled tires in asphalt for a 4-mile paving job in northern Allen County.


Job Opening: Cuyahoga County Seeking County Engineer/Design & Construction Administrator

Cuyahoga County's Department of Public Works is seeking a County Engineer/Design & Construction Administrator. Read more


Job Opening: Hancock County Seeking Deputy Engineer

Hancock County Engineer's Office is seeking a full-time Deputy Engineer. Read more


Job Opening: Erie County Engineer’s Office seeking Surveyor

The Erie County Engineer, John D. Farschman, would like to announce that the Erie County Engineer’s Office is now seeking one qualified individual to fill an open position as Surveyor. Come live on the lake!  Offering a competitive salary with a full benefits package, depending on qualifications. Read more


Ohio County Engineers Attend White House Event

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, July 16, 2020, over 200 state, local, and tribal officials from around the country joined President Donald J. Trump on the White House South Lawn as he reviewed the administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce burdensome federal regulations. The President highlighted the regulatory actions taken to expedite infrastructure projects at an event entitled Rollback of Regulations Helping All Americans. Engineers attending from Ohio included Champaign County Engineer Stephen McCall, Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman, and CEAO Executive Director Dean Ringle who were invited as part of a delegation with seven other local transportation officials from the National Association of County Engineers (NACE). Vice President Mike Pence, Idaho Governor Bradley Little, and Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy also addressed the group. 


Gas tax for Ohio begins

The last increase in the state gas tax was 2005. “I want to say it’s much appreciated because our costs have gone up since the last increase,” said county Engineer Bert Dawson. “It’s more of a catch up.”


Ohio legislature OKs 10.5-cent gas-tax hike, ends front-plate requirement

Ohio drivers will pay an additional 10.5 cents per gallon in gas tax and, starting next summer, will no longer need a front license plate under a two-year transportation budget that got final legislative approval on Tuesday, April 2.


ODOT and local officials announce Ohio Bridge Partnership

State Senator Larry Obhof (R–Medina) joined State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R–Ontario) and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor on Monday to announce bridge improvement projects in Richland County that will be undertaken as part of a new initiative between the Ohio Department of Transportation and local governments.


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