Marks Road Could Reopen Next Summer

City trying to move up culvert replacement project


City officials believe they can fast-track a project to replace a culvert under Marks Road and get the street reopened next June.

Strongsville abruptly closed the road earlier this month after a Cuyahoga County inspector said the corrugated metal pipe under Marks Road is ready to collapse. 

Marks remains closed between Lunn Road and the railroad tracks.

The culvert isn't scheduled to be replaced till 2014.

But Mayor Tom Perciak said Monday the city has been meeting with officials from Cuyahoga and Lorain counties and Columbia Township to do "everything we can to move up the timetable."

Perciak said he believes the project can be finished by June 2013.

"That's a year sooner than we thought," he said.

City Engineer Ken Mikula said the project will take a lot of hard work and cooperation between the agencies. The size of the new culvert and materials are still being discussed, he said.

The city is responsible for maintaining culverts, but county engineers handle inspections.

Mikula said officials have been watching the culvert for awhile, and inspectors notified the city in a Nov. 30 letter that it was time to act.

"In their opinion, failure (of the culvert) is imminent," Mikula said.

A news release from the county said the pipe has "experienced severe deterioration. The Bridge Inspection Division of the Department of Public Works has identified some critical findings in the pipe and the adjacent fill that have warranted the closing. There are cracks, flattening and the beginning of some buckled areas within the structure that have also caused failures to the guardrail."

Carmen December 20, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Why did the Representative of Strongsville wait till the Road / culvert was deemed unsafe to act upon it if you were watching the situation as you stated in the article then you would of know for some time that this was in danger of collapsing or at least causing more damaged to the surrounding area then what was necessary.......If it was a budget issue then you should of come out and said it..........Someone was sleeping on the job even if they were watching the situation......
James Murphy December 20, 2012 at 07:12 AM
you might want to re-read the story >>>>> Mikula said officials have been watching the culvert for awhile, and INSPECTORS notified the city in a Nov. 30 letter that it was time to act.
Carmen December 20, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I should of been a little more clear in my original statement I was trying to bring out the fact that that section of Marks road has been in trouble for several years and the situation grew progressively from the heavy rains of 2011 It was No Secret. The repair was going to be costly the City of Strongsville and the counties of Cuyahoga and Lorain County and Columbia Twp were all aware and each entity was looking at what they part would play in the support funding from within or outside .The real issue is they waited so long to the point that instead Acting year or two ago and shutting down Marks Rd for the actual repair of the Culvert now Marks Rd is shut down until the middle of next year at the earliest.


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