June 25, 2016

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Five roads shut down in county

Editor’s note: The Ohio Department of Transportation reports that all state routes in Medina County are open.

Parts of five Medina County roads were closed Tuesday because of high water and high winds from superstorm Sandy’s rainfall, and 17 more roads are at risk of closing, according to county officials.

Sections of the following county roads were closed: Station Road in Liverpool Township; Hamilton Road, Medina Township; Mattingly Road, Hinckley Township; Chippewa Road, Chippewa Lake; and Bear Swamp Road, between Sharon and Montville townships.

Ned Jerome, a Fabrizi Trucking and Paving Co. employee, fixes a broken road sign near Lake and Wedgewood roads in Lafayette Township on Tuesday. He said he was on his way home from work when he saw the sign. “It looks like someone ran into it,” he said, but the damage also could have been caused by high winds. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

Roads in Liverpool and Westfield townships are most at risk for closing.

“The water is over the road in some parts, it’s just not bad enough to close them down,” said Matt Gray, county Highway Department foreman.

The following portions of roads in Medina County are at risk of closing:

• Grafton Road between state Route 252 and West River Road, and between Erhart Northern and Crocker roads in Liverpool Township.

• Neff Road between Station and Lester roads, and between Erhart Northern and Station roads in Liverpool Township.

• Station Road between Grafton Northern and Crocker roads in Liverpool Township.

• Vandemark Road between Crow and Dunham roads in Liverpool Township.

• Friendsville Road between Garman Road and the Wayne County line in Westfield Township.

• Westfield Road between Garman and the Wayne County line in Westfield Township.

• Seville Road between Westfield and Leroy roads in Westfield Township.

• Kennard Road between Lake and Ballash roads in Westfield Township.

• Garman Road between state Route 83 and Friendsville Road, which crosses Westfield and Harrisville townships.

• Franchester Road between Willow and Lodi roads in Harrisville Township.

• Willow Road between Franchester and Garden Isle roads in Harrisville Township.

• Smith Road between River Corners Road and state Route 301 in Spencer Township.

• Spencer Lake Road between state Route 83 and Richman Road in Spencer Township.

• Marks Road between Baker and Wolff roads in Medina Township.

• State Road between Granger and Reid Hill roads in Granger Township.

In northwest Ohio, two people were killed in crashes on icy roads.

The Ohio Highway Patrol said a woman died east of Toledo in Fulton County after losing control of her car on an ice-covered bridge Tuesday morning. Deputies in Putnam County said a 22-year-old man died after hitting a van on an icy road.

Northeast Ohio took the brunt of the storm. Waves from Lake Erie washed across a low-lying section of Interstate 90 near downtown Cleveland, shutting down the freeway Tuesday morning. Howling winds along the lake peeled off part of the siding on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Authorities were warning residents of the Cleveland area to stay home, if possible, because of the danger of toppled trees and power lines from the early-morning high winds, as well as debris in the road and flooded streets.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Contact Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.