ELLSWORTH TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said he is confident roads damaged by heavy truck traffic from a pipeline construction project will be repaired.
Although a paving company was working on roads near a Sunoco Logistics site in Berlin Township on Friday, portions of Knauf Road and Berlin Station Road in neighboring Ellsworth Township are still waiting to be resurfaced.
Residents have been upset about the extra truck traffic and the condition of the road for some time and their complaints prompted an investigation by our station.
“Everybody has been put out a little bit about it,” said Ellsworth resident Donna Kipros. “A constant stream of large equipment being trailered down the road, back and forth. Full equipment, empty equipment.”
While much of Berlin Station Road near the pipeline is covered under the county’s Road Use Maintenance Agreement with Sunoco, Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said one stretch, near the corner with Knauf Road in Ellsworth, is not included in the RUMA and is now badly damaged.
Ginnetti said he has been working with the company to be sure everything is restored.
“We are going to need a full base repair there because some of these roads were buggy paths back in the old days and they were paved on top of dirt essentially, so there’s not a structure underneath there to withstand that kind of loading,” Ginnetti said.
He said having to make changes in projects this large is not unusual.
“When you get out in the field, you see the road is not as wide as a South Avenue or a Bailey Road. It’s not built to the same standard of those roads and basically we have seen these roads cannot withstand that kind of beating,” Ginnetti said.
He said he credits Sunoco with making the needed repairs so far. But he said if the work is ultimately not performed properly, he maintains the right to bill the company for any and all repairs made by the engineer’s office and to pull the company’s permits and stop the pipeline altogether.