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Engineer Wants to Make Sure Local Roads Are Protected

Bobby Warren | GateHouse Media

Published: May 9, 2017 1:13 PM
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Wayne County’s engineer does not want to stop the process for the Rover Pipeline project, but he is slowing it down just a little.

Some of the key personnel who will be working on the project in Wayne County met with a number of elected and local officials in early March, including Engineer Scott Miller.

Precision Pipeline’s Jim Cunningham, a supervisor; and Steven Grice, who handles finances in the field and other responsibilities; Craig Newcomb, a third-party chief inspector; and Susan King, who handles outreach for Rover, explained the process and answered questions.

Miller said he was pleased to finally have a face-to-face meeting; however, he said requests for an open permit for overweight trucks will have to be discussed. He is open to the idea, but it will take further discussions and most likely a second bond.

There were also requests to haul pipe and equipment on roads that were not part of the previously agreed upon road-use maintenance agreement. Those additional haul roads will need to be evaluated, too.

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Cunningham and Grice apologized for the requests. They had sent a worker to the Engineer’s Office to seek the approvals. They understand the need for an additional bond, which has been done on other projects.

“I’m not trying to stop the process,” Miller said, but he does want proper protections for county and township roads in place. “We need to pull the horses back and have a pre-construction meeting with the township trustees.”

Some of the overweight vehicles will be hauling more than 80,000 pounds, and it would be unwise for the county to open up roadways to the company’s trucks without a plan in place to address any type of maintenance issues.

“With an operation this large, we have very expensive assets,” Miller said, referring to the county’s roads and bridges.

Cunningham assured Miller they were on the same page. Because Precision Pipeline will have workers on site every day, if they notice any type of road or bridge issues, then they will make Miller’s office aware of them.

“Our people can serve as your eyes and get maintenance done as needed,” Cunningham said.

Following the meet-and-greet, Cunningham, Grice and Newcomb spoke further with Miller and Larry Conn, Engineering Services Manager. Conn will be the point person for the Rover project in the Engineer’s Office.

Reporter Bobby Warren can be reached at 330-287-1639 or bwarren@the-daily-record.com. He is @BobbyWarrenTDR on Twitter.

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