New traffic lights for south side, some to come down

Road construction safety

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Work could start as soon as Monday on upgrading all the traffic signals on South Avenue in Youngstown. ODOT says the $1-million project also includes traffic lights on Midlothian Blvd between Southern Blvd and South Ave.

Here’s what makes the project interesting: Of the 14 intersections being worked on, four will see the traffic signals go away. A study undertaken a few years back by the city’s Public Works Department indicated the lights at Midlothian and Erie, Midlothian and Rush, South and Emery, and South and Pyatt are no longer needed because of reduced traffic volumes. (See intersections on map below).

Besides the 10 new traffic signals, curbs at several intersections will be improved. ODOT says there could be lane closures as the work proceeds, but there should be no major traffic impact. Perram Electric from Wadsworth, Ohio will do the work. The project is to be completed by June of next year.

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