East Liverpool, ODOT officials discuss funding sinkhole repairs

EAST LIVERPOOL – City officials met Wednesday with state officials to discuss funding repairs to a massive sinkhole that recently appeared along the side of the Second Street on-ramp to Route 30/39.

Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell and council members Sherrie Curtis, Russell Dray and Ray Perorazio met in the Lisbon office of state Rep. Nick Barborak with state Sen. Joe Schiavoni for a conference call with Lloyd MacAdam, deputy director for Ohio Department of Transportation District (ODOT) 11.

Afterward, Estell said discussion centered on the city’s inability to fund its 20 percent share of the cost of the sinkhole repair, saying he believes ODOT officials “will come through to fully fund the project.”

He declined to offer any further details, saying ODOT officials would announce that decision once it is made.

Estell said the agency is also working on a plan to repair the sinkhole.

Also discussed during the meeting was state Route 39 traveling through the city’s East End and ways to keep the surface from deteriorating from the heavy truck traffic that uses it.

According to Estell, the road was resurfaced a couple years ago and is already deteriorating, with the normal paving materials not holding up under the constant truck traffic.

He said further discussion will be held on that and also on ways to mitigate the bends at Harvey Avenue and Elizabeth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and Elizabeth Street, which are safety hazards.