Bad drains could close Liverpool road today

EAST LIVERPOOL — A portion of Lisbon Street could be closed as soon as today after two holes continue to enlarge, creating the potential for collapse, according to officials.

Service-Safety Director Brian Allen told city council’s street committee Tuesday he believes, after doing some research, galvanized storm drains used when the roadway and Walker Way were built long ago by the Ohio Department of Transportation and said he believes those have now failed.

Repairing the problem will not be easy or cheap, and there may be a danger of the roadway collapsing, Allen cautioned the committee, saying he had contacted ODOT and was told, “We got all we’re getting from them.”

He said ODOT officials reminded him the city already receives $360,000 annually from the state for maintenance of state routes inside city limits but said, “I think they built this with an inferior product. We have to get (law Director Charles Payne) involved. They’ve got to come take care of this.”

One of the holes appears to be 13 feet deep, and Allen said the city’s equipment is not adequate to handle repairing it.

He said it is likely the street will be closed between Ninth Street and Webber Way today, saying ODOT dropped off road closure signs Tuesday in case that is necessary. Walker Way may also be closed, he said.

The street would remain closed until a solution is found to repair the problem, Allen said.