October 23, 2014

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Medina Township continues to negotiate replacement of century-old culvert on Nettleton Road

MEDINA TWP. — The plan to replace a more-than-a-century ­old Nettleton Road culvert is inch­ing closer to reality.

Trustee Michael Todd said the township soon may obtain own­ers’ signatures for easements nec­essary to start the project.

Co-owners and sisters Carol Beckowitz and Barbara Tilton are asking the township to transport some of the stones from the bridge onto their property. One of the stones has the names of the county officials from 1898, the year it was built, engraved on it.

The replacement of an old culvert on Nettleton Road has been delayed by property negotiations. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The replacement of an old culvert on Nettleton Road has been delayed by property negotiations. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Dan Becker, civil engineer with Medina County Engineer’s Office, said the $347,594 project will remove the sandstone culvert. Crews will replace it with an 80­foot-long modern culvert with concrete ends and will raise the road by 2 feet to eliminate a dip.

Although the township has received a $257,220 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission to help fund the project, it has been delayed as negotiations with the property owners dragged on.

Todd said the township already has applied for one grant exten­sion. If the township does not show it is making significant progress on the project, it is in danger of losing the grant, he said. Todd said safety concerns may speed up the process.

Becker said while there have not been many accidents reported at the location, the appearance of sinkholes near the culvert and inadequate guardrails have made the stretch of road a concern.

Todd said township officials will have to determine whether the sinkholes have created a public safety hazard. If so, trustees will vote on whether to deem it a pub­lic hazard and that section of Net­tleton Road would be closed down “immediately,” he said.

“We’re going to look at it and see if we need to do an emergency repair,” he said.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@medina-gazette.com.