KINSMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s been more than a month since heavy rain washed away access to the Lakelands development in Kinsman. We learned Monday a construction project is about to begin that will bring big changes.
It’s been a little over a month since flooding wiped out a portion of the causeway on Lakeview Drive, destroying the only driveable road into the development.
People who live in the neighborhood currently have to walk or drive ATVs along a wooded path to get home. They could be doing that through October.
“Winter’s coming,” Trustee Linda Miller said. “We have residents over there who are living there, their vehicles are on this side, we have children who are walking through the woods to get to the bus.”
At least now, full access to their homes is in sight.
“This is predominantly going to be the final fix,” said Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith. “It’s going to take 60 days to get there, approximately 60 days. That’ll allow full access to emergency vehicles, buses, things of that nature.”
Construction to repair the causeway will begin this week.
“Essentially, the work that’s going to take place is going to restore the roadway and the embankment in a like condition,” Smith said.
The project is expected to cost $1.8 million. Lawmakers said money for the project is coming from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The money was made available following a disaster declaration by the governor.
“Through the work of the county engineer with the trustees, through the state representatives, through the state Senate, all throughout this area, this district really brought the focus to Columbus,” said State Rep. Michael O’Brien.
“There was a lot of red tape, there were legal issues that we had to get through,” said Sen. Sean O’Brien. “We got through them, I think, pretty quickly.”
“This is a top priority and I think there’s a point of focus that everyone needs to pay attention to — the rapid response and timing that was done on this project,” said Sen. Michael Rulli.