Trustees, engineer’s office work to solve road issues

NEGLEY – Middleton Township trustees are working on a list of roads to be chip and sealed this year, and the county engineer’s office is continuing to look into what is causing the material put down last year to wear away from two roads.

Fiscal Officer Bob Chapman said county employees were planning to take samples from Carmel Achor and Union Ridge roads two weeks ago but were unable to because of the weather.

“They are working on it,” he said.

Some other communities in the county have also reported the same problem, including neighboring East Palestine.

Township roads being considered for the county’s 2014 chip and seal program are Scotts Mill, Pancake-Clarkson, a portion of Dyke Road, a portion of Riffle Road and six-tenths of a mile of Echo Dell Road, which remains closed to traffic.

Trustees closed the road that is an access into Beaver Creek State Park last summer because of drainage problems that have caused it to erode over time. Trustees said the closure is temporary, although a re-opening date has not been set yet.

Trustee Nancy Michaels said the road cannot be opened until the existing guardrails are heightened. The road was raised to address some of the run-off problems and the guardrails have yet to be raised to meet the new height.

Lipp said the road should be the first on the chip and seal list in order to have it re-opened as soon as possible.

Chapman noted the county engineer’s office makes the determination on which communities to address first. With the inclusion of Echo Dell, the township is looking at submitting up to eight miles of road to the county program this year.

The board has not approved the roads for inclusion in the program yet and will be making that determination sometime toward the end of March.

A portion of Riffle Road is also being considered for reclamation through the program.

Chapman also said the township needs to order at least 1,500 to 2,000 tons of ash to replenish the stockpile for next winter. The ash is mixed with salt for distribution on township roads when roads become hazardous from snow and ice.

The township received 64 tons of ash from a Youngstown company since the January meeting, he added.