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Steubenville outlines improvement projects for 2018

With one month already in the book for 2018, Steubenville city officials are giving a look at some of the upcoming city projects residents can expect.

With one month already in the book for 2018, Steubenville city officials are giving a look at some of the upcoming city projects residents can expect.

One concerns cracks in the road once weather warms up.

"We're walking from Washington down to Market and as you can see, the pavement is in pretty bad condition,” said Steubenville City Engineer Mike Dolak.

When the weather is warm enough, the 2018 City Steubenville Resurfacing Program will begin for parts of the north end of downtown, part of the Labelle neighborhood and a few other streets in need.

"It'll be a much smoother surface. A much more drivable condition. We like to tell them, and usually, the residents, they're pretty helpful. They work with us and they realize the roads need to be done,” Dolak said.

Another improvement residents will see is the street signs. Upgrades were made to a few streets last year. That new signage will continue to be rolled out

"Here's just an example of some of the signs that we'll be installing,” Dolak said. “Different street name signs from white on green, as well as white on brown in the historic areas."

Also in the works is a shared use path to lead people to the Steubenville Marina. It's called a shared use because residents can either walk or bike it.

"From Franklin Avenue - 4th Street area, across Route 7, along the railroad tracks northbound to the new marina entrance to facilitate people to start using the marina, and give them an access to get down to that point,” Dolak said.

Last but not least, the upgrade of the Sunset Boulevard and Lovers Lane intersection.

"We did a three-year safety study, Dolak said. “And the accidents, we could see them creeping up a little bit and getting worse."

Additional turning lanes will be added, and even extended in length.

Construction won't begin until 2019, but 95 percent of the design phase is done.

"What people will see, probably starting in another month, you're going to see Columbia Gas has to relocate some gas line utilities outside of our working limits,” Dolak said. “Then probably three months after that, maybe July (or) August, you'll see American electric power needs to relocate some power poles."

While some of these projects will cause a disruption one way or another, Dolak said they're all worth it in the long run.

"It's like a temporary inconvenience to a permanent improvement,” he said.

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