By Melody Vallieu
May 29, 2014
By Joyell Nevins
TIPP CITY — There is an end in sight for the sinkhole at North Fourth Street.
On May 27, the Ohio Public Works Commission approved an emergency grant for the city of Tipp City to replace the culverts on North Fourth and other roadway repairs. An 80 percent grant of the anticipated $340,000 project will be matched with 20 percent local funds to reconstruct Fourth Street at Bull Run.
“Photos say a lot,” said Linda Bailiff, program administrator for Ohio Public Works.
The detailed grant application with photos was submitted the morning after the flooding, May 22.
Bailiff said the commission tries to answer applications “immediately” since it is for emergencies.
Choice One Engineering has been authorized to start the design work. City manager Brad Vath said as of yet there is no timeline on when construction will start, as design could take several weeks.
Repairs will include replacing twin 60 foot corrugated steel pipes, headwalls, curb, sidewalk, relocating utilities and rebuilding the roadway.
A second sinkhole happened north of Worley Road at Shearer Road in Union Township. The Miami County Bridge crew has closed Kessler-Frederick Road between Worley and Shearer roads for culvert replacement
The road is closed 24 hours a day until the road is repaired, and a date is yet to be determined.