GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of Transportation moved up the date to fix U.S. Route 422 by a year because of excessive potholes, but it appears that relief could be coming even sooner than expected.
Road crews have been cold patching potholes near the Golf Dome in Girard for weeks.
“It is getting pretty rough out there. They have got one lane completely closed off, so it has to be repaired or we are going to be walking over the hills,” Rodney Hawkins of Liberty said.
“And when you are driving, you are swerving to miss them. And luckily, there are no cars coming the other way,” Shirley Delon of McDonald said.
Girard Mayor Jim Melfi sent ODOT more than 100 pictures a few weeks ago, which prompted them to move up work to repair the road from 2017 to 2016. But ODOT recently informed Melfi that the work now will be done this year.
“The city, with the help of Eastgate, is looking to secure our share of the funding because obviously that route will be a very large urban paving project,” Melfi said.
That local share could be as much as $300,000.
The road is pretty rough between McKinley Heights and the city of Girard, but ODOT will work on the entire stretch of U.S. Route 422 from McKinley Heights to Interstate 80. That includes the portion through downtown Girard.
Paul Frankford, who owns Frankford Bicycle Shop nearby, said this is the worst the the road has been in 39 years and he is glad repairs will happen sooner than later.
“That is fantastic news. Definitely needs done. It is pretty much like a war zone,” Frankford said.
Those who often drive that part of Route 422 also were happy about the news.
“I hope they do. If I had to put in a request for payment on my car, I would never get paid,” Ed Delon of McDonald said.
Melfi said he expects work to begin by September.