With a little luck, a section of a Harris Township road now closed because of river erosion will be open in July.
Motorists haven’t been able to travel the stretch of Portage River South Road, between Schultz-Portage Road and Linker-Portage Road, for a little more than a year now, Ottawa County Engineer Dave Brunkhorst said.
The 1,200 to 1,500-foot section must be moved south about 25 to 30 feet to remedy the situation.
“When you have deep ditches and a river nearby you have to either build a wall or move it over,” Brunkhorst explained.
A wall built nearby 10 to 12 years ago eventually lead to the current damage, he added. “The road has been closed since last year when we first started having the problem.”
Work on the new remedy should be underway within two weeks, Brunkhorst said.
In recent weeks, Ottawa County commissioners approved a $289,716 contract with Unilliance for the relocation project.
Unilliance representatives met with Brunkhorst and others for a pre-construction meeting last week.
If weather cooperates, the project could be done sometime in July. By contract, however, the company has until September to finish it.
The goal, the engineer said, is to have the work done soon after the July 4th holiday.
The project is funded through an Ohio Public Works grant and a loan secured by Harris Township trustees.