NEGLEY - A small road into Beaver Creek State Park remains closed to traffic until it is in better condition.
Middleton Township Trustees said last week six-tenths of a mile of Echo Dell Road is closed until the double layer of road surfacing material is completed by the county engineer's office.
The township owns the narrow, steep and winding half-mile of road that is bordered by a steep hillside on one side and a deep ravine on the other. Drainage problems have caused the road to erode over time and trustees began discussing its permanent closure last year after determining it was too dangerous for motorists.
The closure is only temporary now that state and local agencies have agreed to help improve its condition.
The road was put on the county's summer chip and seal program after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) agreed to cover the cost of one layer. The township is paying for the second layer, and trustees have said two layers are necessary.
The county will put the material on the road sometime in the coming weeks, and Trustee Nancy Michaels said the road could remain closed for another month.
Trustee Eldena Gearhart said the other roads in the township on the program have been chip and sealed and Echo Dell has not because the county was waiting for them to complete some other improvements.
Since it has been closed the ODNR has installed five new culvert pipes. Three of the pipes and a new catch basin were furnished by the county engineer's office. The other two were provided by the ODNR and township, Gearhart said.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has also helped with the project and provided asphalt grindings at no cost. The grindings were put on the road by the township's road crew.
The township also hired a Canton company to pour a concrete curb along the road to alleviate the drainage problems, and that work has been held up because of the weather, Gearhart said.
"It's coming along and it's going to be one heck of a road when it is finished," she said.
The county will also be performing line striping on nine-tenths of a miles of Darlington and Carmel Achor roads from state Route 170 to Vale Road, trustees said.
The township spent $10,700 on slag and $62,500 on liquid asphalt through Russell Standard for the county chip and seal program, Fiscal Officer Robert Chapman said.
In other business, Gearhart announced Chesapeake has agreed to cover 82 percent of the cost of improvements to Carmel Achor East. The company has a road use maintenance agreement with the township for the road that is located between state routes 170 and 154.
The improvements are for 1.3 miles of roadway and the township is responsible for the remaining 18 percent. Chesapeake will pay $63,739.