Columbiana council to seek ODOT funds for Duquesne Street sidewalk

COLUMBIANA — Nearly a year ago, city council began considering the idea of having sidewalks installed along Duquesne Street to make it safer for students in that part of town to walk to and from the middle/high school complex.

On Tuesday, council approved applying for an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) grant that would fund 95 percent of the cost of the project.

The grant application must be submitted next month and the grant will be announced sometime in August, if the city is awarded.

Jon Vollnogle of Howells and Baird Engineering said that letters of support are always beneficial to include with the grant application and that anyone wishing to submit a letter should do so soon.

Letters should be given to City Manager Lance Willard.

Vollnogle said that if funds are approved, the project would get under way in 2021.

According to the legislation passed by council, the project is estimated to cost $390,585, with the city responsible for $19,529 of the estimated construction costs and 100 percent of the costs over and above the maximum amount provided by ODOT and for all costs associated with the design, environmental and right-of-way activities.

The grant is similar to what was used to fund the Fairfield Avenue sidewalk project last year. That project consisted of installing sidewalk along Fairfield Avenue from Bittersweet Drive to Woodland Avenue and on Metz Road east of Fairfield Avenue.

Vollnogle said the Duquesne Street project will connect to the Fairfield Avenue project.

The Duquesne project calls for sidewalks along Duquesne from Fairfield Avenue to Pittsburgh Street and would benefit 415 homes and five apartment buildings located within a one-mile radius of the school.

kwhite@mojonews.com

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