Boring begins on Beeson Lane slip

After engineering design, projects must be bid out

BRIDGEPORT — Test boring began this week on the Beeson Road slip — one of several in Belmont County that must be fixed as a result of the storms of February 2018.

Pease Township Trustee Mike Bianconi said Ohio Testbore of Cleveland is doing the boring work on behalf of Aecom, the engineering company contracted to design the fix for the Beeson slip and several others across the area.

“Hopefully this summer,” he said of when the slip would be remedied. “It’s a long, drawn-out process. We hope people will have patience. It’s the will of the federal government.”

Federal Emergency Management Agency funding is being used to fix slips that occurred in the county as a result of those heavy 2018 storms. Pease Township alone had 10 different slips occur.

Funding for those projects will be covered by FEMA funding sought by the township via the Belmont County Board of Commissioners. The engineer, Aecom of Columbus, was hired to design remedies for all the projects.

The township had to choose from a list of pre-approved engineers provided to the county by FEMA. Once the engineering designs are complete, the plans must be submitted to FEMA before they can be bid out and contractors hired.

Bianconi said the collapsed wall in a West Wheeling creek, along Moores Run Road, also is on the engineer’s list of projects, along with the replacement of a stormwater pipe that empties into the creek.

This past February another storm caused another round of damage across the region. Belmont County Engineer Terry Lively previously estimated it caused another $6 million in damage.

One of the worst slips is on Crabapple Road, County Road 10, near Bannock. A section of it is down to one lane. Lively previously said a section of New Cut Road near Shadyside also was nearly down to one lane.

Gov. Mike DeWine in March declared a state of emergency for those counties impacted by February 2019 storms. Just this week, President Donald Trump followed up with a federal disaster declaration for those counties, allowing for FEMA money to be used to remedy the damage.