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Rain-damaged Little Sugarcreek Road closed for repairs

UPDATE @ 9:11 a.m. (Mar. 1):

City officials have closed Little Sugarcreek Road between Magee Park and Franklin Street as heavy rain has moved through the area Thursday.

The stretch of road was already damaged, with portions sinking, believed to have been from the recent rain.

City Manager Mark Schlagheck said the city will reevaluate the road after the rain passes through the area today.

UPDATE @ 4:08 p.m. (Feb. 28):

Little Sugarcreek Road between Magee Park and Franklin Street in Bellbrook was closed Wednesday while crews worked to repair damage to the road, believed to have been caused by recent rainfall.

City officials said the road has since reopened, however intermittent closures over the next few days are possible while work is completed.

INITIAL REPORT:

Record rainfall has led to damages to roadways and while potholes are often a concern this time of year, the rains have caused other problems in Greene County.

Road crews are working to inspect and repair berms on roadways that were underwater and closed from the deluge, according to Greene County Engineer Bob Geyer.

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Geyer said while there are some small potholes that are popping up, most are occurring on roadways that are scheduled to be repaved this year.

“Once water recedes we have to check for undermining and then fix berms,” Geyer said. “Berms are important to the stability of the road. They keep the edges from breaking down. (It’s) also a hazard if you leave the roadway (and) can cause a serious accident.”

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Traffic from commercial trucks is restricted on Little Sugarcreek Road, where a portion of the road continues to give way just north of Ohio 725 in Bellbrook. 

The rainfall is believed to have weakened that portion of the roadway, which sits about 30-feet above Little Sugar Creek, according to City Manager Mark Schlagheck.

“After the significant rain that we had on Friday and Saturday, there’s a portion of the road that has dropped off, it’s actually dropped off probably about 12 inches just on the edge of the road,” Schlagheck said. 

Crews have “backfilled” the damage with gravel. The city engineer has been called in an effort to come up with a more permanent fix, Schlagheck said.

The road remains open, but construction traffic at a nearby development is being rerouted around the problem spot, Schlagheck said.

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This newsroom has received complaints about the condition of Colorado Drive in Xenia.

“It’s been like this since the last snowfall,” resident Joshua Knox said of the pockmarked conditions on Colorado. “It just keeps getting worse and worse ... Even when they do patch it, it’s just as bad.”

Xenia spokesman Lee Warren said city road crews are “working to routinely fill potholes” as complaints are received.

“Colorado Drive is an area of concern and it is being monitored and addressed regularly,” Warren said. “This winter’s extreme temperature ranges, not to mention heavy rains, have been particularly challenging to streets, and the City of Xenia, like most other cities in the region, is working aggressively to rectify the situation.”

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