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Part of Parkside Drive in Boardman closed due to deteriorating culverts

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Some Boardman residents may have to get used to a detour to get to their homes.

On Friday morning, the signs and barricades went up around a patch of West Parkside Drive in Boardman.

The township's engineer and road department discovered that what began as an annoying bump for motorists, was the sign of a deeper problem below the surface.

“There's four culverts underneath the road that are impaired,” said Boardman road superintendent Larry Wilson.

Wilson says the culverts are so corroded they are on the verge of collapse which would create another problem for residents in the area. “That's a natural water course they sit and they allow the water to flow from all that area back in there down into the park. So if they were to collapse and block the water, we could experience flooding in that area,” Wilson said.

There are about 50 homes in the area. Some of the residents 21 News spoke with did not want to go on camera, but they all expressed concern about the bump in the road. One of them saying it felt like it was getting deeper and deeper as she was driving over it.

Residents are pleased that the township is taking action, but it could still be some time before they see anything happen at the site.

The township is applying for an emergency grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission. “We're not sure whether we're going to get the grant, the emergency funds. If that's the case, then we have to go through the regular process of OPWC, the Ohio Public Works Commission, which could put us back to almost a year,” Wilson said.

Boardman officials are asking for patience from the people who live in the area. They will have to take a detour to their homes using Parkside East and then on to Sabrina Drive and then to Parkside West.


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