Culvert under road, leading to sinkhole, must be replaced

by Bob Gaetjens | Editor Published:

A portion of Diagonal Road between Route 14 and Overlook Drive in Twin Lakes could remain closed four to six weeks, due to a sinkhole, according to an April 4 news release from Mayor Glenn Broska.

The road was closed at about 7:30 p.m. April 3.

The sinkhole is located on Diagonal Road between Pleasant Valley Road and Lake Royale Boulevard. "Road closed" signs are posted at Route 14 and Overlook Drive in Twin Lakes.

By about noon April 4, the hole, which began as a 6- to 7-foot wide sinkhole, according to Streetsboro Service Department Director Bill Miller, had eroded into a 12-foot wide chasm, according to the news release. Portions of the shoulder of the road began falling into the hole, as well.

"Due to the questionable safe passage of motor vehicle traffic, the decision was immediately made to close the road to traffic," stated Broska. "Barricades were erected as soon as possible and will remain in place until the culvert is repaired."

Miller encouraged traffic to use routes 14 and 43 as a detour.

"The storm sewer line is what gave way," he explained. "And it's about 80 feet long, and it's going to need to be replaced."

A passing motorist notified Streetsboro Police of the sinkhole where Miller discovered the 36-inch, cross-road culvert had collapsed, states the news release.

Miller said he's working with Joe Ciuni of GPD Group to determine the cost of replacing the culvert.

Streetsboro and Franklin Township residents and their visitors should be able to access their homes, as well as city emergency vehicles, but other motorists should heed the road closures, states the news release.

"Passing through a barricade is not only illegal, but in this case, due to the erosion below the road, could be dangerous with the possibility of further collapse of the road," states the news release.

A crew from the Streetsboro Service Department was on the scene the morning of April 4, working to protect an exposed and unsupported water line in the sinkhole.

Jerry Benci, one of the two city workers on hand, said he and Michael Sweet were working to protect the PVC water line from large rocks which could fall and pierce it.

While protecting the water line, the two were working to create a support system for it. Benci said they plan to place a beam over the hole and hold up the water line, tying something resembling straps or belts to the beam and under the waterline, supporting the waterline's weight which had been held by the earth which was eroding around it.

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