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    May 8, 2015


    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that The Ruhlin Company, the Contractor for the Vrooman Road/Bridge project, will begin installing storm sewer in the Vrooman Road and Seeley Road area on Monday, May 11, 2015. Barricades will be installed approximately one mile north of I-90 restricting traffic from accessing the Grand River and Indian Point Park.  All access to Indian Point Park will be from the east end of Seeley Road.  Drivers are advised to follow the posted detour via Vrooman Road (south), Carter Road and Paine Road.  Access will be maintained to the residents on Vrooman Road.

    The road is expected to re-open to traffic on June 15, 2015.
      At that time, full access between SR 84 and I-90 will be provided via a temporary low level bridge.  The one lane temporary bridge will be controlled by traffic signals.  Said temporary bridge will be located in the same location and at the same elevation as the existing bridge thus still making it subject to flooding.  It is a requirement of the project plans that the temporary bridge remain in place and useable by the public until the permanent high level bridge is complete and open to the public at the end of 2016.

    Motorists are reminded to use caution and be free of distractions when driving through not only this but all construction areas.  Please be aware that the temporary bridge will restore access between SR 84 and I-90 for the public but it will also be used by the Contractor for moving equipment, materials, and personnel.  Motorists should expect delays during working hours.

    For more information, visit the Lake County Engineer’s website:,

    send an email to, or call the Lake County Engineer’s Office at (440) 350-2770 and leave a message in the Vrooman Road mailbox.

    February 10, 2015


    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that the Cashen Road Bridge Replacement Project in Madison Township was awarded to the Seville, Ohio based firm Cuyahoga Bridge & Road, Inc.  The $849,889.95 project will replace the structurally deficient bridge over Arcola Creek with a new structure, re-aligned asphalt pavement, and drainage improvements.  The County Engineer has secured 80% of the project funding using federal monies with the remainder from local gasoline and license plate fees.  Construction is expected to begin mid-July and be completed by November 20, 2015. 

    The project will require closure of the crossing. A detour along Dock Road, U.S. 20 and Countyline Road will be utilized.
      The bridge replacement will have new vertical and horizontal alignments of the road to accommodate safety considerations.  The new structure will provide eight (8) feet of additional road width on the bridge.

    Mr. Gills stated, “This roadway carries significant local east/west traffic through this community and will understandably disrupt the motorists
    ; however, it is our hope the traveling public understands that the short-term inconvenience caused by the project was necessary to reap the long-term safety improvement benefits.  This project is an example of the stretching local dollars by leveraging outside funding.”


    January 5, 2015
    Lake County was awarded a Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Implementation grant from the State of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to assist with the removal of the L’Alouette Plumee Lake dam, construction of a new culvert under Morley Road, and restoration of the drained lake to restore natural stream function.  The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is providing the required matching funds for the grant to assist with the dam removal and culvert replacement construction.  Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. assisted the County with the grant application and will continue to provide technical and grant management assistance throughout the project.   

    Lake County Engineers along with ODOT are currently developing design plans to remove the  dam and construct a new culvert under Morley Road by jack and bore.  Stream restoration activities will be bid out separately from the dam removal and culvert construction as a design- build project.  Concurrent construction of both portions of the project is scheduled to begin July 15, 2015 and end October 30, 2015. 

    The need for the project came about in Fall 2013 when Lake County Engineers discovered an active sinkhole and a collapse in the spillway culvert that was endangering the dam and County- maintained Morley Road.  At that time the dam was placed in a monitoring status by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Ohio Dam Safety Program (ODSP) and action was required to either bring the dam into ODSP compliance or remove it.  After communication with various stakeholders, Lake County Engineers determined that the most viable option was to drain L’Alouette Plumee Lake, remove the dam and construct a new culvert, and restore natural stream flow in the dewatered lake.