November 21, 2014

Medina
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Road repairs in the works in Hinckley, Medina townships

Construction crews remove earth beneath Parker Road to replace a culvert that runs underneath the road in Hinckley Township. The road was damaged following flash flooding this spring. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Construction crews remove earth beneath Parker Road to replace a culvert that runs underneath the road in Hinckley Township. The road was damaged following flash flooding this spring. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Spring flash flooding has prompted two Medina County townships to take action to repair damaged culverts on roads.

In Hinckley Township, road repairs are underway on a washed-out culvert on Parker Road.

The road was closed by the Medina County Engineer’s Office following flash flooding on May 13 that made the road dangerous.

Township Trustee Ray Schulte, chair of the board, said the township approved a bid on June 30 for $128,990 to CG Cole Construction.

“We’re going ahead and fixing and the contractor is already underway,” he said.

Schulte said the engineer helped the township evaluate the bids and make sure the lowest bidder met the requirements.

In Medina Township, road repairs were approved for a culvert on Timber Creek Drive. Township trustees voted to start work on the road repairs at their Thursday meeting.

The cost of the work is about $13,650, but will be reimbursed to the township through road assessments collected by the county, said Dan Willhoite of the county engineer’s office.

Willhoite said there’s a leaky joint in the culvert that his office has had its eye on, but said erosion of the culvert from spring storms made the situation more urgent.

“We were going to fix it anyway, but the erosion that’s occurring there has been worsened by heavy rains,” he said.

Willhoite said most county subdivisions built after 1980 have assessments on the property that help pay for future road repairs to public roads. The subdivision has about $7,500 in its account that will go directly to the township to reimburse it for the repairs. The remaining expense will be reimbursed over the next few years as the assessment continues to collect from homeowners.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.

Seville, Grafton roads to close

The Medina County Engineer’s Office announces two road closings:

• Seville Road will be closed 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and Thursday between Westfield and Leroy roads. The closure will allow crews to complete subsurface test drilling at a bridge just west of Leroy Road.

• Grafton Road between Station and West River roads will be closed for approximately five weeks starting Aug. 4.

For more information call county Engineer Mike Salay’s office at (330) 764-8780.