Wick and Lincoln avenues, two primary campus arteries at Youngstown State University, will undergo major improvements.
The projects, which include new street surfaces, sidewalks, curbing, lighting, lane configurations and landscaping, will significantly upgrade two of the most visible and travelled entrances to and through campus. In addition, utility lines along Wick Avenue between Rayen Avenue and the Madison Avenue Expressway will be placed underground. The project is led by the city of Youngstown.
There will be numerous lane closures, traffic restrictions and detours that could change from day-to-day and week-to-week during construction. Please be patient, give yourself extra time and pay close attention to and follow all posted detours. Pedestrians should be particularly cautious in crossing both streets during construction.
*Lincoln Avenue construction, from Wick Avenue to Fifth Avenue, is expected to be finished by the end of the calendar year in December.
*The street will be closed to vehicular traffic during construction. Detours will be posted.
*Pedestrian access to cross Lincoln Avenue will be restricted but maintained; pedestrian detours will be posted.
*The Lincoln Avenue parking deck will remain open; however, there will be no access to the Lincoln deck from Lincoln Avenue. Motorists should follow posted detours to enter the Lincoln Avenue deck from the Fifth Avenue entrance.
*Cost: $1.2 million in federal funds.
*Wick Avenue construction, from Wood Street to McGuffey Road, expected to start during Fall semester 2016.
*Lane restrictions and closures will be in force; motorists are advised to avoid Wick Avenue and follow posted detours.
*Pedestrian access to cross Wick Avenue will be restricted but maintained; pedestrian detours will be posted.
*The Wick Avenue parking deck will remain open through construction. Motorists should follow posted detours to enter and exit the Wick deck.
*Cost: $4.9 million – $3.9 million from the city, $800,000 from YSU and remainder from Youngstown CityScape.