ODOT: ‘Hump’ on Route 165 in Green Twp. will be checked out

GREENFORD – The hump in state Route 165 that Green Township officials expressed concern about during Tuesday’s meeting will be addressed, according to Brent Kovacs, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 4.

“The project is still ongoing,” Kovacs said Thursday, “in the final stages.”

He said the project engineer will be looking at the section of road.

Township Trustee George Toy raised the issue during Tuesday’s regular meeting and Fire Chief Todd Baird added, “I think eventually it’s going to cause a crash.”

Toy said he called the Ohio Department of Transportation (District 4) Wednesday morning.

The hump is on the outer edge of the eastbound lane of the newly-repaved state Route 165 right at the 9000 block marker, approximately seventh-tenths of a mile east of U.S. 62 and approximately six-tenths of a mile west of Coy Park on Graham Hill.

Karvo Paving in Stow is the contractor and Kovacs said, “It’s routine, no paver is perfect. Whatever happens in the paving, we do go back and check … grind down or put more gravel in.

He added, “it’s still incomplete,” and expected the site to be inspected by the project engineer in a week or two.

He was unsure what may have caused it.

Baird said, “It’ll throw you to the left” explaining that it happened to him with an EMS ambulance crew returning from a run.

“That’s when we noticed it,” Baird said, “it almost threw us into the ditch.”

Baird said it affects bigger vehicles and added, “It wasn’t there prior to the repaving.”

It affects eastbound traffic and is in a westbound passing zone and could surprise a westbound motorist attempting to pass another vehicle.

It can’t be seen but felt, said Trustee Dave Slagle who like Toy and Baird said he was concerned about wet or slippery conditions that “will exaggerate it.”

Toy added, “I don’t ever remember it being that significant.”