Potential for collapse

Portion of Lisbon Street to be closed

A section of Lisbon Street in East Liverpool, a portion of which is shown here, could be closed as soon as today after city officials determined holes near some storm drains are becoming larger and could cause a collapse. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)

EAST LIVERPOOL – The lower portion of Lisbon Street in the city could be closed as soon as today after it was discovered two holes continue to enlarge, creating the potential for collapse, according to officials.

Service-Safety Director Brian Allen told city council’s street committee Tuesday he believes, after doing some research, galvanized storm drains used when the roadway and Walker Way were built long ago by the Ohio Department of Transportation have now failed.

Repairing the problem will not be easy or cheap, and there may be a danger of the roadway collapsing, Allen cautioned the committee, saying he had contacted ODOT and was told, “We got all we’re getting from them.”

ODOT officials, Allen said, reminded him the city already receives $360,000 annually from the state for maintenance of state routes inside city limits, but said, “I think they built this with an inferior product. We have to get (law Director Charles Payne) involved. They’ve got to come take care of this.”

One of the holes appears to be 13 feet deep, and Allen said the city’s equipment is not adequate to handle repairing it.

The roadway will be closed today, between Ninth and West Eighth, streets, Allen said, adding ODOT dropped off road closure signs Tuesday in case it is necessary.

Walker Way, which connects Lisbon and Ninth streets, also may be closed, he said.

The street would remain closed until a solution is found to repair the problem, Allen said.