Gas company and county hammer out road repairs

Changes are on the way in Trumbull County after a dispute over who should pay to repair a road damaged by heavy truck traffic.

Dominion East Ohio Gas is building a compressor station on Fisher Corinth Road in Johnston Township.  Neighbors complained to the county that the road buckled in parts and sustained heavy damage due to the amount of Dominion trucks carrying gravel to the site.

Trumbull County RUMA Coordinator Jack Simon said Dominion is only repairing certain parts of the road because there is no proof the road was not in bad shape to begin with.

“We had to get on them heavy, and they finally got out here to fix it,” said Simon. “They are not fixing as much as we want. They are fixing the worst areas, but we think it should be a larger scope of what they agreed to fix at this time.”

To ensure this type situation doesn’t arise in the future, county officials are making changes to the Road Use Maintenance Agreement, which lays out road usage and repair guidelines.

“This is really the first area we have reached a problem in, and it’s going to expand our RUMAS, which currently have horizontal wells, which is the only thing we have a RUMA for,” said Simon. “We are in the process of expanding that. We will have to put that before the county prosecutor, but we are going to have a facilities RUMA and most likely a pipeline RUMA to deal with also.”

Simon said they will begin taking pictures and video of the road before a permit is issued. Meanwhile, county officials and Dominion are working to come to an agreement on the road repairs.

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