The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 9, 2012

Contractors to review road threatened by lake erosion

By MARK TODD - mtodd@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — A Conneaut street in peril because of lakebank erosion could benefit from a soil-saving technique being studied for another city road that’s slipping away, said City Manager Tim Eggleston.

Contractors who examine an unsteady embankment on Keefus Road will also be asked to give an opinion — and possibly a quote — on stabilizing Burrington Heights, sections of which sit inches away from the Lake Erie shoreline, Eggleston said.

A section of Keefus near Interstate 90 could benefit from a construction technique called soil nailing. The city is anxious to see if the method could work at a lakefront location, Eggleston said.

“We want to see if it’s a viable process that can transfer over to Burrington,” he said. “We want to see what is the best option.”

Eggleston is hopeful Burrington can get a professional analysis within the coming weeks. “We’re hoping it will be sometime this year,” he said.

The city began examining the Burrington situation in earnest earlier this year. In April, residents appealed to City Council for help and offered their services to any stabilization project. No houses sit near the portions of Burrington in danger, and the street remains open to through traffic.

Soil nailing may prove a worthwhile and cost-effective solution, officials have said. During the process steel reinforcement bars and inserted through soil and directly into the strata, according to the website about.com.

Administrators hope to use the process on the portion of Keefus Road damaged after a March 2011 storm. Initially, traffic was limited to one lane until city workers could make temporary repairs.