Residents blame Sunoco for damaged road

ELLSWORTH TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Neighbors along Berlin Station Road in Ellsworth Township said they are tired of waiting for their road to get fixed. The Mahoning County engineer is apparently getting tired of it as well.

Road crews were out Tuesday filling hundreds of potholes east of Route 45 in the township.

For more than two decades, neighbors Joe Shoemaker and Tony Ortenzio have lived on the quiet, picturesque section of Berlin Station Road. But a couple of months ago construction crews started installing a new fuel transmission line for Sunoco Logistics.

With all the construction vehicles going up and down the road, the asphalt has crumbled, a guardrail is destroyed, and the road is broken and coming apart.

“They go up and down a couple of times a day. They are bringing in big bulldozers, shovels, and those trailers loaded with timbers,” said resident Tony Ortenzio.

Berlin Station Road 2Although Sunoco’s Road Use Maintenance Agreement with the county specifies the company is expected to maintain the road during construction, neighbors said little has been done.

“If you didn’t know better, you would think I was drunk because I am all over the road,” said Shoemaker. “You spend half your time on the wrong side of the road because there is a better section on that side.”

“If you are on the wrong side of the road and somebody comes up over the hill, you are in trouble. That is why we have been calling and complaining,” said Ortenzio.

The complaints resulted in a county road crew being sent to fill the potholes. Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said he will be sending the bill, worth several thousand dollars, to Sunoco.

A company representative acknowledged the company’s Road Use Maintenance Agreement does specify the company will pay for repairs. He said the company will work “cooperatively with the county engineer” to determine the extent of damage and address complaints from residents.

He said the company will begin paving the road on Wednesday.


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