Water under the bridge can sometimes be a bad thing

COLUMBIANA – Water under a bridge is causing some trouble in the city, but that will soon be corrected.

City Manager Lance Willard said this week the portion of Lisbon Street beneath the Norfolk Southern railroad underpass near the Columbiana Foundry will be improved soon.

The city has contracted the work to RT Vernal Paving of North Lima for $7,500, and the work is expected to begin on Nov. 15, he said.

The company, with assistance from the city’s street department, will be putting asphalt over the concrete road beneath the underpass. The city is anticipating the road will be closed at least two days for the work, and a detour will be posted, Willard said.

Street Superintendent Jesse Wilson said the work will not affect the bridge’s height limit.

The asphalt is only a temporary fix, however, Willard believes it will be enough to sustain adequate travel through that area for at least five years.

The road is in poor condition due to a water run-off problem which the city plans to address in the coming years, he added.

“Water runoff has been going on a long, long time. This is part of that storm water improvement that we need to do,” he said.

RT Vernal will already be in the area for repairs to South Main Street, following the bridge replacement project, he added.

In other matters, the city is negotiating with a Cleveland-based company for the possible installation of fiber optic cables on 120 of the city’s utility poles.

Horizon will pay the city for the placement, and the cables are to improve their 4G cell phone towers, he said.

The cables may be placed on the poles located on the south side of town along Metz Road and the city is working out details of a possible agreement.

Willard said he will present City Council with the details of those negotiations at the Nov. 19 meeting.