In July, North Royalton City Council accepted a FEMA grant for a soil stabilization project. (Bob Sandrick, special to
NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — The city plans to stabilize a stream bank that, because of erosion, is eating into residential properties on Ohio 82 near North Akins Road.
Toward that end, the city has applied for and received an $84,075 federal/state grant that will help pay for the project’s surveying and design.
Construction is scheduled for next year and is estimated to cost between $213,000 and $355,000.
“The erosion is causing the stream bank to get close to homes,” city Engineer Justin Haselton told in an email.
The total cost of the surveying and design is estimated at $92,925. The city will contribute $8,850 toward the design work. An engineering firm has not yet been hired, Haselton said.
The grant money is coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, administered by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
Haselton said the trouble spot is on the south side of Ohio 82, about 500 feet east of North Akins. North Akins is between York Road to the west and Bennett Road to the east.
According to an official document provided by Haselton, the city in 2021 asked officials from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to inspect the site.
The sewer district, according to its report, found that erosion was occurring along about 355 linear feet of a tributary to the East Branch of the Rocky River and was affecting about four residential properties.
“The erosion is very near one home, reduces the amount of usable lawn space on the properties, has destabilized one footbridge and is a safety concern to the residents,” the sewer district said in its report, dated July 8, 2021.
Looking at aerial photos, the sewer district determined that the stream’s alignment hasn’t changed for the most part since 1951. However, the stream has been impacted by the development of homes and apartment buildings over the years.
The stream channel has deepened, widened and degraded. Loosened soil, rock material and debris have accumulated, and the stream’s meandering pattern is changing, the sewer district reported.
“The complete adjustment could take decades and would result in considerable damage to private property and excessive sediment loading downstream,” the sewer district said.
The sewer district said the stream can be stabilized in place to hinder future erosion and damage to private property. It can be done by accelerating the evolution of the stream channel to a certain depth and/or width, then lining the channel with riprap, or strategically placed rocks.
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