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ODOT to close 224 for culvert replacement

December 1, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
This coming spring, the Ohio Department of Transportation will replace two culverts under U.S. 224 near the intersection of Stymie Road in Poland Township. The road is expected to be closed for four days for the replacement.

“Both culverts are deteriorating and are undersized,” said ODOT environmental specialist Sean Carpenter. “They are both old. One is sandstone, which places it well over 50 years old.”

He said the culverts were actually both built in 1940 and by today’s standards are both undersized.

Carpenter said the new culverts will be much larger and able to handle a larger flow to accommodate the drainage in that area. Along with the culverts, the project will include the excavation and elimination of 400 feet of ditch line between the Stymie Road and the Lowellville Road intersections. On the south side of U.S. 224, the project calls for replacement of 900 feet of storm sewer that runs from roughly 800 feet west of the Lowellville Road intersection.

The project cost is roughly $400,000 with the funds coming from state and federal dollars. According to information provided by ODOT public information officer Justin Chesnic, the project will not impact any cultural resources, suspect hazardous waste sites or result in substantial impacts to ecological resources. The project will not result in substantial impacts to the environment either individually or cumulatively.

The project is expected to begin in the spring of 2012. Chesnic’s release stated that the actual road closing will take place after June 1. Truck and through traffic will be detoured using Ohio 616 to U.S. 422 to PA 551. Local traffic will have to use East Calla Road and Struthers roads.

“We won’t post the local detour as we don’t want heavy trucks mistaking that route,” Carpenter said.

The culverts will take about four days to complete, then the project will see one-lane, bidirectional traffic flow for the remainder of the ditch replacements and road resurfacing.

“The pavement [on U.S. 224 near Stymie Road] is in really poor condition,” Carpenter said. “I have noticed people swerving into the oncoming lane to avoid bad spots in the road. The repaving will make it much safer for travel.”

As for local property owners, access shall be maintained to adjacent properties at all times during construction of the project. 

ODOT, District 4 is accepting questions and comments on the project, by mail, up to Dec. 12. Address the letter to: Mr. Anthony M. Urankar, District 4 Deputy Director, Attn: Mr. James E. Kinnick, P.E., District 4 Planning and Engineering Administrator, Ohio Department of Transportation, 2088 S. Arlington Road, Akron, OH 44306-4243



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