Martins Ferry seeking permission to inspect North Eighth Street homes

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON/ A SECTION of North Eighth Street in Martins Ferry where a massive slip occurred last August remains closed this week. The job is expected to be bid out as soon as the necessary inspection of surrounding homes occurs, says Service Director Chris Cleary.

MARTINS FERRY — A project to repair a massive slip on North Eighth Street is another step closer to reality, but the city still needs a few signatures from some residents who live there.

Service Director Chris Cleary on Monday said the city is seeking permission from residents to do inspections on some homes in the vicinity of the large slip, which occurred last year. That section of road is so badly damaged it has remained closed since.

While the funding is in place to do the work, it cannot be bid out until the city gets permission from four more property owners to do inspections on their homes.

Cleary said although the engineer does not anticipate any damage will occur during the project, officials want to document the current condition of the homes just in case there are claims that more damage occurs during the work.

“The sooner we get those back, the sooner we can bid it out,” Cleary noted.

The remedy for the slip is expected to be a piling wall. For many years, that section of road had been sinking. The city would place new asphalt on top as a quick fix so residents could continue to drive on it. However, last August a large section of the road gave way, breaking a waterline in the process. A temporary waterline has been used since.

The wall project is expected to cost about $700,000, according to engineering estimates. That section of road between Heil Road and Ohio Avenue has remained closed due to the severity of the slip.