Girard pothole problems force ODOT to move up repaving

Girard potholes are so bad that portions of Route 422 had to be closed

GIRARD, Ohio (WYTV) – Police shut down a lane of U.S. Route 422 in Girard, also known as State Street, throughout the afternoon Monday, which allowed workers to fill the dozens of potholes on the stretch of road.

It is a temporary fix for the pothole problem, but a more permanent one is on the way. The mayor’s office sent more than 100 photos of the road to ODOT. That convinced them to repave State Street in the summer of 2016, one year earlier than planned.

Until then, city crews are responsible for patching up holes on the state road.

“And it doesn’t really last,” said Girard Mayor James Melfi. “But of course we have to, when we see some of these very large holes, we have to take care of those right away before they go on and cause problems.”

The Mayor said another major road in Girard will get attention sooner. This summer, ODOT will repave Route 304, also known as Churchill Road.

This is a developing story. Check back here and watch WYTV 33 News at 5:30PM and 6PM for the latest information.

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