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Repair work to begin on avenue destroyed by flood

Updated: Friday, August 29 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- A combination of years of illegal dumping, mixed with last week’s heavy rains and flash flooding, equaled a disaster for residents who live along Tweed Avenue in Steubenville.
On Tuesday night, city council voted to begin making emergency repairs. That news came as a massive relief for one man in particular who said he was stranded in his house for five days after last week’s flooding and subsequent road destruction.
"If I was working, I'd be stuck,” resident William Mackinaw said. “I wouldn't' be able to go to work.”
Mackinaw’s house is in the middle of a mess of buckled pavement, pipes, tires, and ruts in the roadway. By the weekend, he was able to leave via a detour but even that's rough.
"I got a flat tire the first time I went out,” Mackinaw said. “There's glass all over the road that I have to use ruts; they gotta be 2 foot deep."
Council agreed upon skipping the traditional bidding process to approve a contractor, who officially got the green light Wednesday.
"This is gonna cost a pretty penny," Mackinaw figured.
Yes, nearly $124,000 -- 80 percent of which will be covered by state funds.
Steubenville City Engineer Mike Dolak said the city will pick up the remaining tab using its storm sewer fund.
That news is easing concerns along Tweed Avenue.
"Nobody can get to me, and that's kind of an eerie feeling when you're old, ya know," Mackinaw said. “I'm glad to hear they're gonna go ahead with it. The more time that lapses, the worse off I'm gonna be."
Dolak said the work should begin next Tuesday and will take about a month to complete.

Repair work to begin on avenue destroyed by flood


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