Warrensville Heights drivers want to know when South Miles will reopen

Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 5:50 PM EDT
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WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) -Part of South Miles road has been closed for about 3 months now after part of it collapsed in March.

According to officials, the collapse was due to the combination of old infrastructure and severe weather.

There are a ton of people like Bernard Alexander who use this road several times a day, and since its closure, they’ve been dealing with longer commute times. Alexander told 19 News he’s almost missed his dialysis appointments because of the new route.

“Sometimes Miles is packed because of the traffic on 480, and you can’t get on 480 sometimes because they’ve had an accident,” said Alexander.

Alexander now asking questions about how long the road will be closed. And after not getting anywhere with the city, Alexander called the 19 News Troubleshooter team asking for help.

We contacted the city and got this statement:

We are evaluating 3 repair options for the South Miles Culvert. Each of these options have different lead times and costs associated with them.

We are also soliciting costs from 3 qualified contractors and their schedule to be able to complete the work with the lead time for materials.

Finally, we are exploring funding assistance with the three options.

We are expecting the road to be closed at least 3 months longer and perhaps as long as 6 months depending on the chosen repair.

-Jeffrey Gates, Director of Communications

“That’s very upsetting, that’ll be in the wintertime and that’s not good at all especially when it snows and freeways are packed, and other routes have a lot of snow because the snow plows haven’t gotten to them,” said Alexander.

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