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    05/19/2016
    LANE ROAD CLOSING AT CSX RAILROAD CROSSING

    CSX Railroad will be closing Lane Road in Perry Township for emergency repairs to the railroad tracks.  The road will close on Monday, May 23, 2016 between 9:30 am and 2:00 pm.  The suggested alternate route for the closure is Hale Road to Park Road to Madison Avenue to South Ridge Road (SR 84).



    COUNTY BRIDGE LOAD RESTRICTION

    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that a county bridge on Andrea Drive in Concord Township has been posted with a reduced maximum total load limit per vehicle.  The reduced load limit, in accordance with section 5591.42 of the Ohio Revised Code, are in place due to findings of a detailed inspection and load rating analysis of the structure. The restricted load are as follows:

                                                                                                                            Posted Maximum Weight

    Andrea Drive Bridge (0.3 mi. N. of Hoose Road over Kellogg Creek)          16 tons (32,000 lbs.)GVW

    (SFN 4331176)

    Mr. Gills stated, “Safety considerations, balanced with longevity of the bridge, are foremost in our minds.  This office is dedicated to safely engineering the future of Lake County for the traveling public.”




    December 18, 2015

    MAILBOX POLICY

     

    As we prepare for what is projected to be our first significant snow fall, the Lake County Engineer’s Office decided that it is a good time to remind residents living on County maintained roads of this Office’s mailbox replacement policy.  Many years ago, the Engineer’s Office routinely repaired or replaced all mailboxes damaged during the winter snow removal process.  Unfortunately, this process proved to be costly when the time required for repairs combined with smaller work forces and the increased prices for materials were examined.  This led way to a revised policy that was adopted in January of 2013.

    While every effort is made by plow drivers to avoid damage to mailboxes, we understand that it does happen.  When clearing the berms and/or edge of roadways, drivers are required to drive close to the mailboxes and on occasion a plow blade does come in direct contact with a mailbox.  If this occurs, the County maintenance crews will repair or replace mailboxes that have been installed and maintained properly.

    What constitutes a properly installed and maintained mailbox?
     

    Mailboxes should be installed with the face of the box 12” to 18” off of the edge of pavement.  Extension arms are a good way to place the post back farther from the roadway and still meet the offset requirements. 

    Mailbox posts must be break away and cannot be mounted on anything larger than a 4x4 wood post or 2 inch diameter standard steel pipe.  The posts shall be installed no deeper than 24” and not encased in concrete.  Proper maintenance means that the posts are not rotted, rusted, or broken.

    • Mailboxes should be mounted 41” – 45” above the road surface.  This mounting height helps protect the box from being hit by a plow blade.  All plow blades used by the Lake County Engineer’s Office have mailbox cut-outs in the top right corner that are designed to avoid properly mounted mailboxes

    If a resident believes that their mailbox has been damaged by a direct hit from a County owned snow plow, they should contact this Office at 440-350-2770.  A Supervisor will evaluate the damage to determine if the County is at fault.  If the damage was caused by a direct hit by the vehicle or plow blade, the County will repair or replace with a 4x4 treated wooden post and a mailbox approved by the United States Postal Service.  Specialty, exotic and expensive plastic style mailboxes will not be replaced.  The County’s liability per occurrence is limited to the unit described above or a cash settlement not to exceed $35.00.  An inspection by the Lake County Engineer’s Office and a signed release form is required prior to payment.

    Please be advised that damage by thrown or pushed snow does not warrant replacement.  Property owners should not place snow that is removed from their driveways or parking areas on the roadway or any place that would cause a plow to push it or throw it at the mailbox.  Again, by properly installing and maintaining their mailboxes, residents can help avoid damage to boxes during plowing operations.

    For questions regarding mailbox installation requirements, residents should contact their local United States Postal Office.  Maintenance questions can be addressed to the Lake County Engineer’s Office.

     


    December 18, 2015

     

    LAKE COUNTY, OHIO SALT POLICY – 2015-2016

    The Lake County Engineer’s Office re-evaluates the County snow policy and procedures every year in order to keep up with changing costs and road conditions.  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 and/or cinder materials to maintain the freeway and County highway system.Our policy and procedures this year will be similar to last years. 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 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. 

    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.

    New to our policy and procedures this year will be the treatment of the Vrooman Road bridge between I-90 and SR 84 in Perry/Leroy Township.
      The one lane bridge will be maintained until such time that a storm with a snow fall that exceeds 8 inches occurs.  During intense storms with snow fall exceeding 8 inches, the road will be closed between SR 84 and Seeley Road.  Drivers are asked to please abide by the posted signs and detour around the area as plows will not be clearing this section of roadway until the storm subsides.

    Our salting policy will not deice roadways as quickly as in years past.
       Supply and demand in tandem with economics have forced us to enact these policies and procedures.  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.


    December 11, 2015

    PROUTY ROAD - CLOSURE

    Prouty Road in Concord Township will be closed during working hours on Tuesday, December 15th and Wednesday, December 16th.  The closure which is just north of the North Meadow Drive intersection or approximately 700’ south of SR 84 (Johnnycake Ridge Road) is needed to relocate an existing waterline and install a storm culvert across the road to improve drainage in the area.

    The suggested detour is Morley Road and SR 84 (Johnnycake Ridge Road).



    November 13, 2015

    WESTBOUND STATE ROUTE 2 LANE CLOSURES - PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP

    SR2 in the westbound direction, beginning at the SR44 SB on-ramp to approximately one half of a mile west of SR44 will be reduced to one lane traffic.  The lane closures are necessary to make repairs to the pavement heave (bump) in the center lane of the pavement.  Weather permitting, work will begin at 9:00am on Monday, November 16th and conclude late in the day on Wednesday, November 18th.

    Drivers should anticipate delays during normal rush hours.  As always, drivers are reminded to be free of distractions when traveling through work zones.



    November 10, 2015
    PROUTY ROAD - CLOSURE

     

    Prouty Road in Concord Township will be closed between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.  The closure which is at the North Meadow Drive intersection or approximately 700’ south of SR 84 (Johnnycake Ridge Road) is needed to install a storm culvert across the road to improve drainage in the area.

    The suggested detour is Morley Road and SR 84 (Johnnycake Ridge Road).


    July 29, 2015

    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that Blair Road 1000’ north of the Grand River will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, August 3, 2015.  The closure is expected to last 10 days while the contractor, D.B. Bentley makes repairs to the existing retaining wall on the south side of Blair Road.

     

    Traffic will be detoured via Paine Road, Carter Road, Vrooman Road, SR84 and River Road.  Signs will be posted. 


    July 13, 2015

    EMERGENCY - DODD ROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE

    The Dodd Road Bridge over the Chagrin River will be closed on Tuesday, July 14th between noon and 4:30pm and again on Wednesday, July 15th and Thursday, July 16th between 8:00am and 4:30pm.  The closure is necessary in order to place a crane for the removal of a significant log jam.

    Motorists should detour the area via Eagle Road, River Road (SR 174), Euclid-Chardon Road (US 6) and Pleasant Valley Road. 

    June 29, 2015

    VROOMAN ROAD - CLOSED


    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that Vrooman Road between SR 84 and I-90 is CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC due to high water conditions. In addition, the flooding has caused damage to the pavement that will need to be repaired prior to the road opening again.  It is anticipated that the road will be reopened to traffic on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.  However, this date will be re-evaluated once all of the water has receded and the extent of the damage can be determined.

    Drivers are reminded that they should not to move and/or drive aroun
    d the barricades.  These are posted for the public’s safety.

     



    June 15, 2015

    UPDATE ON THE VROOMAN ROAD/BRIDGE PROJECT

    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that Vrooman Road between SR 84 and I-90 is open to traffic as of June 15, 2015.
     

     


    Full access for passenger vehicles between SR 84 and I-90 is being provided via a temporary low level bridge.
      The one lane temporary bridge is controlled by traffic signals.  Said temporary bridge is 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.

    ALL
    truck traffic is still PROHIBITED on Vrooman Road north of I-90.  Trucks are advised to follow the posted truck detour.

    Motorists are reminded to use caution and be free of distractions when driving through not only this area 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: 
    www.lakecountyohio.gov/engineersend an email Vrooman.Road@lakecountyohio.gov, or call the Lake County Engineer’s Office at (440) 350-2770 and leave a message in the Vrooman Road mailbox.

     



    May 8, 2015

    UPDATE ON THE VROOMAN ROAD/BRIDGE PROJECT 

    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:  www.lakecountyohio.gov/engineer,

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



    February 10, 2015


    CASHEN ROAD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT

    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.