July 24, 2014

Medina
Partly sunny
68°F

Roshon Drive culvert is nearing a finish

MEDINA — A project to replace a 50-year-old corroded culvert on Roshon Drive is nearing completion, City Engineer Patrick Patton said.

The initial problem, a sinkhole, was found by a Medina police officer May 27, Patton said, and traffic was barred immediately in one affected lane. Street Department crews recognized a large load potentially could snap the concrete if the problem persisted, he said.

Culvert work on Roshon Drive in Medina is nearing completion. The old culvert, above, has been removed and replaced, at right. The road has been closed to traffic since June 27 and is expected to open no later than July 25, City Engineer Patrick Patton said. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DANI ORR)

Culvert work on Roshon Drive in Medina is nearing completion. The old culvert, above, has been removed and replaced, at right. The road has been closed to traffic since June 27 and is expected to open no later than July 25, City Engineer Patrick Patton said. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DANI ORR)

“The culvert that was replaced was manufactured in 1961, so we’re not surprised that the material corrosion happened,” he said.

Roshon Drive at East Washington Street has been closed since Marks Construction, Liverpool Township, began work June 27, Patton said.

“Due to precautions that Marks Construction and the city took, we have made every attempt to affect the residents as little as possible,” Patton said. “No residents have gone without services, and we haven’t encountered any major problems thus far.”

He said that some tree lawns and one resident’s driveway had to be torn up during construction, but they will be restored.

Patton said, with construction in its third week, the job is expected to be complete and the street reopened by July 25.

That’s three to four days behind the city’s original date, he said.

“Original estimation of the project was $108,900, and it looks like we will come in a little below that dollar amount. We won’t know for sure until we get a final number when the job is fully complete,” Patton said. “We may have to pay a little more than we anticipated after repairing the damage to the private property that occurred, such as lawns and driveways.”

After Marks Construction finishes replacing the culvert this week, city crews will install storm sewer basins that will tie into the culvert, and then Marks will install pavement, Patton said.

“We are monitoring the city and other culverts very closely to any problems that might arise in the near future,” he said. “We’re not concerned quite yet with an ongoing problem, but it very well could be in the future.

“For now, this section was by far the worst off in the city and we addressed it as it was. We’re hoping it’s not a re-occurring thing.”

Contact Dani Orr at (330) 721-4049 or dorr@medina-gazette.com.