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Crumbling road concerns North Bend residents

Posted: 5:13 PM, May 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-23 17:51:00-04

MIAMI TOWNSHIP (HAMILTON COUNTY), Ohio — Some North Bend residents are concerned about a crumbling road that seems to be collapsing at the top of a landslide.

However, Hamilton County officials said Cliff Road is still safe. They installed a traffic signal and took the road down to one lane.

County Engineer Ted Hubbard said the damage didn't happen over night.

"That whole corridor has been moving for over a decade, and there will be other slides that come up," he said.

This landslide isn't unique. The county is currently monitoring about 50 slides.

"Our hope is that only one or two will move a year," Hubbard said.

Miami Township resident Jeff McAdams said he thinks the Cliff Road issue is "pretty high priority."

"I worry because my son rides the school bus," he said. "Frankly, I worry about it collapsing while he'd be on the bus."

Cliff Road has been in this condition for about nine months now. Hubbard said it's not uncommon for it to take a year or so to be fixed.

A fix for Cliff Road is on the way, according to Hubbard. He said funding has been requested from FEMA, and the county is also looking to request emergency funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission. They expect it will cost nearly $300,000 to fix.

"The bedrock is not too deep here, so we'll probably do a pier wall," Hubbard said. "We'll be able to anchor it into the bed."

Other areas slated for funding in the next year or two also include Summit Road and Wesselman Road.

Hubbard said anyone who sees an issue like this, on Cliff Road or elsewhere, can reach out to the county.