College Street between Trease and Leatherman roads in Wadsworth was closed to traffic Tuesday after cracks in the roadway were discovered that morning.
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WADSWORTH — College Street between Trease and Leatherman roads was closed Tuesday after cracks in the pavement were found during a routine inspection by the city engineering department earlier in the day, Public Services Director Robert Patrick said.
The inspection revealed “some longitudinal cracking in the pavement,” Patrick said. Longitudinal cracking runs lengthwise along the road.
College Street also was closed temporarily in April near Holmesbrook Park after heavy rains wore out the edge of the street, and the headwall of an “old stone culvert” gave way to the force and pressure of the heavy, wet ground, Patrick said.
Since then, one lane had been open to traffic.
“Unfortunately this happened and we needed to get it closed off now; but at the end of the day, it is really only going to amount to an extra two weeks of having that closed off,” he said.
The detour routes were posted on the city’s Facebook page and are identical to the ones for the culvert.
Patrick said the city is working to establish a firm timeline for the culvert work, but delays receiving the replacement culvert have pushed back the start of construction, originally set to begin in September.
“We haven’t gotten a firm timeline yet because we are still working on delivery dates for the large concrete structure that we had ordered months ago,” Patrick said.
“It has been pushed back a couple times by that vendor and so we are waiting until that can come in.”
The delivery of the new culvert will kick off the work on College Street, he said.
Wadsworth Schools Superintendent Andrew Hill said in an email Tuesday afternoon that the closure “will further delay some of our buses today and future days while the road is closed, by up to an additional 15 minutes.”
Patrick said the safety of those traveling the roadway is a primary concern for the city.
“We understand it is a great inconvenience for folks and it is something that we didn’t take lightly, making that decision,” he said. “It was more important to protect all the public traffic.”