Howland Township has plans for roadway and safety improvements for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program along East Market Street, Brewster Drive SE, South Street SE, and Willow Street in Howland Township, Trumbull County, Ohio. These improvements include roadway resurfacing, sidewalk replacement, addition and/or modification of pavement markings and street signs. Additional improvements include the replacement of two (2) traffic signals at the Market Street/Brewster Drive and Market Street/Willow Street intersections.
The project will not result in substantial impacts to the environment either individually or cumulatively. In compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (codified as 36 CFR 800), ODOT requests information regarding the presence of any known cultural resources in the vicinity of the project. Cultural resources include prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, historic bridges, historic buildings, sites and districts.
The transportation improvement is scheduled for construction in Summer 2015. During project construction, two-way traffic will be maintained at all times except when it is necessary to stop traffic during the installation of traffic signal heads and associated equipment at the Market Street/Brewster Drive and Market Street/Willow Street intersections. The stoppages shall be limited to a maximum of 10 minutes and traffic may be stopped a maximum of one time in any one 30 minute period. No lane closures shall be implemented during the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. The intersections shall be protected with law enforcement officers provided by the project contractor. Access to adjacent properties will be maintained at all times during construction activities.
To facilitate the replacement of the existing deteriorated and substandard traffic signal at the Market Street/Brewster Drive intersection, minor permanent rights-of-way will be needed from Richard E. Orwig Park, owned and operated by the Howland Local Schools Board of Education. The 4.5 acre park includes a bocci court, a gazebo and benches. Additionally, the park is a popular gathering spot for many functions including: band concerts, weekly farmers market and festivals. Richard E. Orwig Park, a recreational property, is afforded protection under federal law, and the use of Federal funds requires development of measures to minimize harm and advance public notice of impacts to a recreational property be given.
All public comments, questions and/or concerns about the proposed project are welcomed, and can be directed to Ms. Kimberly D. Mascarella, Planning Director, Howland Township Planning Department, 205 Niles-Cortland Road N.E., Warren, Ohio 44484, no later than March 9, 2015. Ms. Mascarella can also be reached by calling (330) 856-3461. Additional contact is Gary W. Shaffer, P.E., Trumbull County Engineer's Office. Mr. Shaffer can be reached by calling (330) 675-2253.