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North Huntington road project begins

CHESAPEAKE — A “vanished” road may get back on track by spring as design work begins on the roadway up to North Huntington Heights.

On Monday Chesapeake Village Council approved hiring E.L. Robinson Engineering in Ironton to do the engineering work on the roadway significantly damaged by slips over the past five years.

“The road is gone and we had to move it onto private property about two years ago,” Chesapeake Mayor Dick Gilpin said. “There is a back road going up there, but it’s narrow. For two years we have been trying to get the money for this thing.”

Recently the village received emergency grant funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission for $416,000 for design and construction work.

“We have to come up with 10 percent,” Gilpin said. “We hope the project won’t go over $460,000.”

Multiple rainfalls started the slide, according to Doug Cade of E.L. Robinson Engineering.

“Every rainfall made it worse,” Cade said. “The grant is to repair that road and get it usable.”

The plan is to put in a concrete and steel retaining wall in order to put back the 300-foot roadway, which will then be asphalted. There are about 120 houses in that area.

“We hope to have it done by spring,” Gilpin said.