GREENFORD - The potholes are the worst they've ever been, according to three Greenford residents who live on Lisbon-Canfield Road about a quarter-mile south state Route 165.
The Mahoning County-maintained road is the primary north-south thoroughfare in the village and splits the township in half, Trustee Mark Stepuk said Tuesday.
The road drew the attention of trustees during Tuesday's meeting after Stepuk said he spoke to the Mahoning County Engineer Patrick Ginnitti about it earlier in the day.
Lisbon-Canfield Road in Green Township and in Greenford has come become a safety concern for township officials and residents because of potholes. Above, a view of Lisbon-Canfield Road from in front of the residence of Haymond and Ruth Radcliff in the 12000 block shows a southbound motorist using the shoulder to avoid potholes. Motorists traveling north practically have no choice but to cross into the southbound lane and vehicles hitting the potholes here have splashed water onto the Radcliff’s house. Motorists have also driven beyond the shoulder to miss the potholes. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)
All three trustees have received complaints and Stepuk said the section between state Route 165 and Pine Lake Road "is the worst stretch" and is a safety issue.
Motorists try dodging the wide, deep and multiple potholes veering onto the oncoming lane, but in some places the road is so bad that doesn't help, he said.
The speed limit is 35 mph through the village and 45 mph outside of it.
Fire Chief Todd Baird said, "We're going to wind up with a head-on collision because people are going into the other lane."
Stepuk said he told the engineer that trustees wanted to get Lisbon Road on some sort of a program.
Even at its best the road has sporadic washboard sections, especially on the southbound lane as it approaches state Route 14 at the county line with Columbiana County.
But within the last month it has gotten really bad, according to residents in the 12000 block of the road.
Haymond and Ruth Radcliff have lived in Greenford since 1976 and there is a particulary bad two-tenths of a mile section that runs by the front of their home, which is set back a short distance from the road.
Haymond Radcliff said they called the Mahoning County engineer's office four or five times including the District 2 Outpost in North Lima and his wife, Ruth, said she called the engineer's office once.
Haymond said the road wasn't all that good to begin with at anytime and "started breaking up badly a month ago."
As the couple stood in front of their home, motorists hit the brakes, slowing to a crawl and crossing the double yellow-striped line, or swinging off the right shoulder, to avoid the worst "craters."
A series of deep potholes were filled with water directly in front of their house and Haymond said, "We had to wash the front of the house from all the dirty water splashed onto it."
Some motorists zip by, hardly paying any notice to the potholes until they're right on top of them and hit the brakes hard, but can't get slowed enough. Tires splash hard into the potholes throwing out a small geysers onto the Radcliff's house.
Ruth Radcliff said motorists slowing down are sometimes passed motorists behind them who may not be aware of the potholes.
"They cross a double-yellow line," she said adding that a lot of traffic heads to Walmart in Salem.
Dwain Yeagley lives a little further north on Lisbon-Canfield Road, just across the street from the Radcliffs.
He has lived there 55 years.
"It's the worst ever," he said, explaining that he has heard of three blown tires and one bent rim in the past week.
And that's just who I've talked to," he added.
A wheel cover sits in a bush a few feet from his driveway.
"Yes, the worst ever," he said, "when the township took care of it ... it was good. Since the county took it over it went to scrap."
After Tuesday's meeting, Trustee George Toy said he received a number of calls about the road and one township official said motorists were actually driving off the shoulder and onto private property trying to avoid holes; one trustee even wondered about shutting the road down.
Stepuk said Ginnetti told him the information would be forwarded to the road supervisor in the district.
Elected township officials in southern Mahoning County have repeatedly voiced their displeasure at their treatment regarding county roads for years.
That notion was apparent in several comments after the meeting and Stepuk said he was hopeful the county will move it up on the priority list as soon as possible.
Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar said the road hasn't been resurfaced since 2004 and then it wasn't on a very long section.
Both the Radcliffs and Yeagley said they hope something is done ... soon.