EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Traffic in both directions is moving again on Lisbon Street. The road reopened early on Friday after a project to make repairs due to ground movement in the area.
Just four months ago, three houses filled with families stood on Lisbon Street in East Liverpool.
Now, all of the cracks in the road have disappeared and there is a new sidewalk, retaining wall and open view for neighbors across the street.
The road usually has the highest traffic in the city.
“When we posted the announcement on our Facebook page last night that the road was going to be open today, we did get a lot of comments from folks saying, ‘Thank God. Thank you for such a quick response because we really expected it to be down, probably through this winter,'” said Safety and Services Director Brian Allen.
The city estimated that fixing the road would cost $1.7 million, which was way out of its budget. The Ohio Department of Transportation stepped in with a federal grant covering the costs, as long as work was done by July 27. After that, it would be split 80 percent, 20 percent with the city if it wasn’t finished.
But on Friday, the project was completed five days early.
“We knew it’d be close to the deadline, but things went really well,” said Nick Susich with ODOT.
Susich says these projects aren’t unusual for the Columbiana County area. Most of the homes are built on soil on top of bedrock, making erosion more likely. He says the ground slippage in this case was somewhat extreme.
“How it affected the homes, that was a little bit different, too. We don’t see a lot of that, but we do see a lot of slips and slides like this.”
Families living in the three homes on Lisbon Street noticed cracks in their ceilings and floors about four months ago. Those homes were cracking in half, sliding down the hill they were built on after what city officials called “slippage” of the ground.
Allen and the American Red Cross stepped in, evacuating the families and helping them find new homes.
The three homes were demolished in May.