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    November 25, 2014

    LAKE COUNTY ENGINEER SALT POLICY 2014-2015

    Salt costs are continuing to impact the County Engineer’s efforts to maintain roads this winter.  In fact, as recently reported in the media, the prices for salt have increased almost three times those of last year.  The Lake County Engineer’s Office is responsible for over 304 lane miles of County Roads and 110 lane miles along SR 2 from the Cuyahoga County line to the US 20/SR 2 split in Perry Township.  We also plow the roads for North Perry Village.  There are a maximum of thirteen snowplow trucks on the County Road system and five snowplow trucks on SR 2.  Our crews use a combination of treated and untreated salt, Beet Heet (an agricultural additive mixed with the salt) and/or cinder materials to maintain the freeway and County highway system.

    High salt costs require us to revise our salting and deicing procedures.
      When conditions are dry leading up to a storm event, the County will apply anti-icing material on all of the ramps and mainline of SR 2 in the County’s maintenance area.  The material is not effective and cannot be applied if the pavement is already wet or rain is expected prior to switching over to snow.

    We will use salt as the primary tool in deicing the freeway.  This year, we will use treated salt at a rate of 300-400 lbs/mile.  During each winter storm, the priority will be the slower (right) lane and the ramps along SR 2.  The remaining mainline lanes will be plowed center lane to left as applicable until the storm eases or we have reasonably cleared the other areas of SR 2. 

    On the County highway system, we will pre-treat with an anti-icing material on critical roadways when applicable and use a combination of salt, Beet Heat and cinders.  The ratio of salt to cinders will be dependent on traffic volumes and snowfall amounts.  These ratios will either be a 50/50 mix of salt to cinders or a 67/33 mix of salt to cinders.  Untreated salt will be treated with Beet Heet.  The added liquid lowers the freezing point of rock salt helping it to work in temperatures less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit.  It also keeps the salt from bouncing and scattering as much during application so that more salt stays on the roadway. 

    As conditions dictate, we will use an additional truck on some routes.  The salting priority for the County Highway system will be hills, bends and intersections.  The straights will be spot treated in a manner to keep them passable.  As the storm eases, we will put material down on the straights.  This will continue until the storm ends.

    During the evening hours (8 PM – 4 AM), the County will put down minimal material to keep the highways passable.  This is a time when traffic volumes are low.  This nighttime salting policy applies only to the County Highway system, not SR 2.

    Our salting policy will not deice roadways as quickly as in the past.   Supply and demand in tandem with economics have forced us to make these changes.  Our goal with this policy is to continue to provide the citizens of Lake County with a safe driving environment and allow us to stretch our reserves for the entire winter season.   It will require county drivers to cooperate during these events.  Please exercise caution and be free of distractions while driving on our roadways during snow and ice conditions.




    October 27, 2014

    UPDATE ON THE VROOMAN ROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE

    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that his Office along with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the FHWA have devised a plan to restore travel on Vrooman Road over the Grand River prior to the anticipated opening of the new high level bridge in 2017.

    A line item for the replacement of the bridge will be added to the current contract for the proposed high level bridge that is expected to be advertised for bids in early November.  The successful bidder will be required to remove the existing structure which sustained significant damage that deemed it unsafe for travel on or around October 1, 2014.  Once the structure is removed, the Contractor will rent or purchase a temporary bridge structure to be installed on the existing bridge abutments.  The temporary structure will be used for the next 14-16 months.  Mr. Gills anticipates that the temporary bridge will be in place and open to all traffic by May 1, 2015.

    In the meantime, Vrooman Road over the Grand River in Leroy Township will remain closed to all motor vehicles including bicycles.  Motorists are advised to follow the suggested detour of I-90, SR 44 and SR 84.

     


    October 27, 2014

     

     

    TOWNLINE ROAD AND DAYTON ROAD CLOSING AT CSX RAILROAD CROSSINGS

    Weather permitting, CSX Railroad will be closing Townline Road in Perry Township/Madison Township and Dayton Road in Madison Township/Madison Village for emergency repairs to the railroad tracks.  The road will close on Saturday, November 1st.  Work is scheduled to be complete and the road open to traffic on Thursday, November 6th.

    The suggested alternate route for both closures is Middle Ridge Road to Wood Road to South Ridge Road (SR 84).


    October 27, 2014

     

    VROOMAN ROAD SPEED LIMIT CHANGE

    As of Friday, October 24, 2014, the posted speed limit on Vrooman Road from 0.60 miles South of SR 84 to 600’ north of the Centerline of I-90 is 35mph.
      The existing 40mph signs have been removed and replaced with new 35mph signs.

    The reduced speed limit is a result of a Speed Limit Revision Study that was conducted in accordance with ORC Section 4511.21.
      Said Study was accepted and approved by the Ohio Department of Transportation on September 24, 2014.


    October 3, 2014 

     

    EMERGENCY - VROOMAN ROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE - UPDATE

    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that the Vrooman Road Bridge over the Grand River in Perry Township/Leroy Township will be closed for a minimum of 30 days.  This office is currently investigating whether an overloaded truck crossing the bridge caused damage to major structural components.  The cracks in the steel tension members of the bridge were discovered on October 2nd during the County’s biennial fracture critical inspections.  As the damage is more extensive than originally anticipated, a plan to address the issue is currently being prepared. 

    While the closure is in place, motorists are advised to follow the suggested detour of I-90, SR 44, and SR 84. The process of installing the detour signs was begun today and will conclude on Monday, October 6th.
     

    The public is reminded that the emergency closure is necessary to protect public welfare and safety as the cracks have the potential to increase in size.
      Drivers should not try to drive around and/or move the barricades to gain access.

     


    October 3, 2014

    EMERGENCY - VROOMAN ROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE

    The Vrooman Road Bridge over the Grand River is being closed immediately for emergency repairs.  The length of time necessary to make the repairs is not known at this time as Engineers access the situation.  An additional press release will be made when details are available.



    September 26, 2014

    MARKELL ROAD BRIDGE RE-OPENING AND LOAD RESTRICTIONS 

    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that the Markell Road Bridge over the E. Branch of the Chagrin River has been re-opened to traffic subsequent to structural steel repairs and a re-inspection of the bridge. The closure last week followed by a load limit posting this week is a result of findings from an ODOT required in-depth inspection of the structure. The new restricted load is as follows:

    VILLAGE OF WAITE HILL Posted Maximum Wt.

    Markell Rd. Bridge (0.4 mi. W. of Chillicothe Road (SR 306))  18 tons (36,000 lbs.)
    Over East Branch of the Chagrin River
    (SFN 4333438)

    Mr. Gills stated, “We appreciate the patience of the motorist during this brief closure.  Fortunately, the repairs were completed sooner than expected.”



    September 19, 2014

    MARKELL ROAD BRIDGE CLOSED FOR REPAIR

    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that an emergency repair to the existing 108-foot long Markell Road Truss Bridge over the East Branch of the Chagrin River just west of SR 306 intersection on the border of Kirtland and Waite Hill Village is scheduled to begin this Monday, September 22, 2014.  The repair shall be performed by US Bridge from Cambridge, Ohio.  The repair involves work on the steel truss to strengthen the aging structural members.  For safety considerations, the road shall remain closed until necessary repairs are complete.  Once repairs are complete, the bridge will be re-opened with a posted reduced load limit to a maximum of 18 tons (36,000 pounds) per vehicle, in accordance with Section 5591.42 of the Ohio Revised Code.

    A 300-foot portion of Markell Road at the bridge crossing may be closed up to 30 days. The posted detour route shall be along SR 306 through Kirtland, Eagle Road to Markell Road.

    Mr. Gills stated, “Safety considerations are foremost in our minds as we repair this structure.  We recognize the inconvenience to those who travel this route and hope to have the repairs completed as quickly as possible.”



    September 19, 2014

    EMERGENCY - MARKELL ROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE


    The Markell Road Bridge over the East Branch of the Chagrin River is being closed immediately for emergency repairs.  The length of time necessary to make the repairs is not known at this time as Engineers access the situation.  An additional press release will be made when details are available.

     Motorists should follow the posted detour of SR 306, Eagle Road and Hobart Road. 


    August 29, 2014

    BATES ROAD CLOSING AT NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD CROSSING

    Weather permitting, Norfolk Southern will be closing Bates Road in Madison Township/Madison Village for repairs to the railroad tracks.  The road will close on Wednesday, September 10th for one week.

    The suggested alternate route is Middle Ridge Road to Countyline Road to South Ridge Road (SR 84).

    UPDATE:  Bates Road will close on Monday, September 15th and open again on Friday, September 19th.


    August 29, 2014

    TOWNLINE ROAD AND DAYTON ROAD CLOSING AT NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD CROSSINGS


    Weather permitting, Norfolk Southern will be closing Townline Road in Perry Township/Madison Township and Dayton Road in Madison Township/Madison Village for repairs to the railroad tracks.  The road will close on Wednesday, September 3rd.  Work is scheduled to be complete and the road open to traffic on Wednesday, September 10th.


    The suggested alternate route for both closures is Middle Ridge Road to Wood Road to South Ridge Road (SR 84).



    August 14, 2014

    McMACKIN ROAD CULVERT REPLACEMENT & SAFETY PROJECT

    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, P.E., P.S. announced that a culvert north of Lockwood Road is being replaced beginning this week.



    The work involves removing the existing pipe and replacing with a 54” reinforced concrete pipe.  As part of this project, McMackin Road will be widened beginning 600 feet south of Chapel Road.  Work also includes upgrading guardrail, installing curb and gutter, and a new storm sewer.


    For safety considerations, the road will be closed to through traffic for approximately 60 days.  Residents are urged to use the posted detour:  Chapel Road, Haines Road, and Lockwood Road.  The project is being funded by the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) and local gasoline and license tax.


    As with any construction zone, motorists are reminded to use caution and be free of distractions when traveling through the area.


    May 21, 2014

    ROAD CLOSINGS AT CSX RAILROAD CROSSINGS – BOWHALL, LANE, DAVIS, DAYTON



    CSX will be closing several roads next week in order to make repairs to the railroad tracks.  Closures are expected to begin after 8:00am on the first day and remain in place until the last day listed below.  As always, please respect the detours. Do not remove the signs and/or drive around the signs. 

    Closures for May 27, 2014 – June 3, 2014

    Bowhall Road (Painesville Township)
      - Suggested detour: North Ridge Road (US 20) to Park Road to Madison Avenue
    Lane Road (Perry Township) - Suggested detour:  South Ridge Rd (SR 84) to Madison Ave to Park Rd to Hale Road
    Dayton Road (Madison Township) - Suggested detour:  South Ridge Road (SR 84) to Wood Road to Middle Ridge Road


    Closure for May 29, 2014 – June 5, 2014


    Davis Road (Perry Township) - 
     Suggested detour:  Call Rd to Middle Ridge Rd to Townline Rd to S. Ridge Rd (SR 84)



    May 16, 2014


    EMERGENCY –DAVIS ROAD CLOSING AT CSX RAILROAD CROSSING

    Davis Road in Perry Township will be closed after 8:00am on Saturday, May 17, 2014 for emergency repairs to the CSX Railroad Tracks.  The road will be open to through traffic by the end of the day on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.


    The suggested alternate route for the closure is Middle Ridge Road, Townline Road, and South Ridge Road (SR 84).


    May 12, 2014

    NEWELL STREET CLOSING AT RAILROAD CROSSING

    Weather permitting, Newell Street in Painesville Township will be closed at the CSX Railroad crossing for repairs to the tracks.  The closure will occur between Wednesday, May 14, 2014 and Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

    Drivers are advised to utilize W. Jackson Street, Richmond Road, Stage Avenue, and Button Avenue.



    April 9, 2014

    JACKSON STREET RESURFACING PROJECT

    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, P.E., P.S., announced today the Jackson Street Resurfacing Project is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 14, 2014.  The $300,412.50 resurfacing and pavement repair project between the Painesville City Corporation line and Nye Road in Painesville Township will be constructed by Chagrin Valley Paving, Inc.  The project is expected to be completed in four weeks.

    Traffic will be maintained during construction via the use of flag persons.  Motorists should expect delays.  As with any construction zone, motorists are reminded to use caution and be free of distractions when traveling through the area.


    April 3, 2014

    WOOD ROAD AND BATES ROAD CLOSING AT CSX RAILROAD CROSSING

    Weather permitting, CSX will be closing the following roads during the Week of April 7, 2014 to make repairs to the railroad crossings.  All closures will begin after 8:30am.

    Monday, April 7th – Thursday, April 10th:         Wood Road  in Madison Township

    The suggested alternate route is Middle Ridge Road, Townline Road, and South Ridge Road (SR 84).

    Wednesday, April 9th – Friday, April 11th:       Bates Road in Madison Village/Madison Township

    The suggested alternate route is Middle Ridge Road, Countyline Road, and South Ridge Road (SR 84).