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Ramp Closing Monday - The Vindicator

Beginning Monday, the state Route 711 ramp to Interstate 680 south will be closed until September for a bridge-replacement project.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said the closure is part of a $9.7 million project to replace 12 bridges on the interstate between state Route 711 and U.S. Route 224.Motorists can detour on Gypsy Lane to U.S. Route 422, to state Route 193 (Belmont Avenue), to I-680.Traffic traveling the two lanes of I-680 northbound from Route 711 to Belle Vista Avenue will be split, with one lane crossed over into the I-680 southbound lanes, ODOT says.The overall project is expected to be completed by July 2021.

State of city address


Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, in partnership with the City Club of the Mahoning Valley, will deliver his State of the City address today at the Ford Family Recital Hall in the DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with Brown starting his speech at 5:15 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dryer catches fire


Firefighters say a dryer was responsible for a small fire shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday at a 716 Park Ave. home on the North Side. No one was injured. A damage estimate was not available at press time Wednesday night.

YNDC receives impact award


The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. won a Dominion Community Impact Award for its work along Glenwood Avenue on the city’s South Side. YNDC was one of 14 organizations throughout Northeast Ohio selected for an award Tuesday. Clean Up Glenwood Avenue is an ongoing effort to stabilize and revitalize Glenwood Avenue. Over the past year, YNDC has completed multiple projects along Glenwood Avenue including: rehabilitating a four-unit apartment complex and multiple single-family homes, cleaning and greening vacant lots, planting 145 trees, adding LED spotlights to enhance safety at Glenwood Community Park, and reactivating one of the largest underused commercial buildings on the corridor. To read the full story from The Vindicator, click here.