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Goshen Township asking for help to fix roads

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GOSHEN TWP., Ohio - The Damascus Fire Department, Goshen police, and township trustees are asking for help from the Mahoning County Engineer to fix what they say have become hazardous road conditions.

Goshen Township Trustees have sent a letter asking for help with county roads that drivers dodge pot holes or hit the deep ruts on. The Goshen police chief emphasized first responders can't help anyone if they don't arrive safely. He adds officials fear potential loss of life.

Goshen Police Chief Steven McDaniel said, "It was brought up in a township meeting that it's a matter of time before there is a head on collision because people are driving down the center of the road to avoid the potholes."

Robert McCracken, Chairman of the Goshen Township Trustees, said, "The Damascus fire chief stated the department is going to have a slower response time going to calls because of the road conditions. He said the road conditions are so severe they don't want to drive their trucks down them except at a very slow rate of speed." 

Other nearby departments said they've told their safety forces not to use sections of Pine Lake, Garfield, and New Middletown Roads.

Mahoning County Engineer Patrick Ginnetti told 21 News he is well aware of the problems with the roads due to the harsh winter. Ginnetti said, "I have crews working as quickly as they can to patch pot holes and correct problems. I have already used 78 percent of the overtime budget for the year, and it's only April. There are 500 miles of county roads to maintain with limited resources."

Residents understand, but want not only the engineer's help but Mahoning County Commissioners as well. Harry Karlen said, "We are asking Mahoning officials to drive the county roads in Goshen and surrounding townships. I would like for them to personally see how bad the roads really are. I think they would bring out a truck load or several of black top to help us."

Goshen Township Trustees have placed a map on their website which states whether the road is a county, state or township road. They would like residents to document the problem potholes and roads and send a letter to the Mahoning County Engineer's Office requesting help.

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