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Partners, Community Celebrate Wick Avenue Improvement Project

On Friday, October 27th, Youngstown CityScape, Youngstown State University and the City of Youngstown, joined other partners, funders, stakeholders and the community to celebrate the completion of the Wick Avenue Improvement Project with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the corner of Wick Avenue and University Plaza Drive.

The event showcased the improved features of the completed corridor, including total roadway resurfacing and lane reconfiguration to increase pedestrian safety and simplify traffic; new pedestrian and vehicular lighting that is more efficient and re-imagines the look and feel of Wick Avenue, and the burial of utility lines and removal of old poles, opening sight lines to historic Wick Avenue institutions and campus features. Crosswalks were also custom stamped with YSU and Ursuline ‘Y’s and ‘U’s to add an exclamation point to the $4.5 million project.

CityScape raised the initial funding for engineering (CT Consultants) and coordinated aspects of the project with Ohio Edison, specifically the synchronization of  the utility line burial with the roadway construction. CityScape also coordinated the design aesthetic components, including a lighting study and selecting the lighting fixtures.

CityScape, the City, YSU and the stakeholders along Wick Avenue, including the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, the Butler Institute of American Art, St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, partnered to make the new Wick Avenue a reality.

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