Cortland sinkhole blocking traffic

CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) — Monday night’s storms caused a culvert to collapse on the access road to a boat launch at Mosquito Lake State Park.

Park Manager Josie McKenna said a 15-year-old culvert washed out because of the heavy rain.

McKenna wants to get the road repaired as soon as possible because traffic is picking up on the road with the beginning of boating season and Memorial Day is just around the corner.

Paving employee Valace Winters said repairs would include excavating and digging out the old pipe. He said a bed of stone would be laid down with a backfill on top and then new asphalt would be laid where the road crumbled.

McKenna says the road closure is more of an inconvenience than anything. She said there are other access points to the boat launch by Millers Landing or through the campground.

Boater Thomas Sole of Garretsville said this is the first time he has seen the road closed and it does create an inconvenience.

“I guess I’ll have to go through the campgrounds to get over to it on the back side,” said Sole. “Normally, this is the easiest way to get to the handicapped ramps and over to the dock.”

Once contractors begin work on the sinkhole, it should only take about a week to repair.

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