STEUBENVILLE - Work on the long-anticipated University Boulevard and Brady Avenue resurfacing project will start Thursday morning when crews begin milling near the Sesame Grill.
City Engineer Michael Dolak said traffic on University Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the work.
"Shelly and Sands Inc. of Rayland will be doing a moving zone during this project. That means they will be milling across the entire street on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. After they complete a section of milling they plan on installing an asphalt course on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They will proceed west on University Boulevard section by section and are scheduled to complete the project at the Brady Avenue interchange by late November," explained Dolak.
PAVING WORK SET TO BEGIN — The University Boulevard and Brady Avenue repaving project will start Thursday morning when crews from Shelly and Sands Inc. start milling work. The project will continue west on University Boulevard section by section and is set to be completed by late November. - Dave Gossett
"We have 15,000 to 16,000 vehicles travel University Boulevard every day. We are encouraging motorists to seek alternate routes during the construction period. If you have to drive in the construction zone, we are emphasizing the need to drive slowly and to be aware of daily traffic pattern changes. Motorists can also expect delays," Dolak said.
"Shelly and Sands will have a law enforcement officer on duty to help with traffic while the work is taking place," he added.
The $869,450 project includes milling University Boulevard from state Route 7 to Brady Avenue as well as the city owned section of Franklin Avenue.
"We will also have ADA compliant curb ramps installed and the installation of of a pedestrian cross walk at the University Boulevard and Woodlawn Road intersection. Additional work includes the replacement and repair of deteriorated drainage structures, the upgrading of ground-mounted traffic signals and the installation of pavement markings," Dolak explained.
"This will be an inconvenience, but I think everyone who travels University Boulevard realizes the need for this work to be done as soon as possible," noted Dolak.
Dolak said the project is being funded with a combination of federal funds, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Public Works Commission money and the city's income taxes.
Dolak also announced Tuesday the Lawson Avenue bridge will be restricted to one lane of traffic starting at 7 a.m. Thursday.
"We were able to use some Community Development Block Grant funds to improve the Pleasant Heights entrance onto the bridge," said Dolak.
"Lash Paving Inc. of Colerain will be doing this project and will be using flaggers from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. as the work progresses through Saturday," Dolak said.
"It won't necessarily look pretty, but that approach will be in much better shape as we prepare for the bridge resurfacing project in two years," stated Dolak.