A portion of the Pomeroy Parking Lot has been blocked off as a precaution until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can begin work on a $4.9 million project to fix it and other areas of concern. Photo by Carrie Gloeckner.

POMEROY, Ohio – The project to fix issues with the Pomeroy Parking Lot and other slipping along Main Street is moving forward.

According to Pomeroy Mayor Don Anderson, the project will be moving forward and hopefully completed in 2018. He said the issues creating delay have not been on the village, county or state end of things, but a matter of paperwork and funding with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mayor Anderson said it has been a process, but looks forward to the project getting underway. Part of the hold up has been Congress passing the federal budget which has current a deadline of Jan. 19, 2018 for Congress to take action. Once the Federal budget is approved, Anderson said Pomeroy is at the top of the list for U. S. Army Corps of Engineers projects.

The $4.9 million project has been in the works for several years. During that time various reports and studies have been completed. One of the Army Corps of Engineers reports states, “Implementation of the proposed protection measures will restore stability to the streambank and prevent failure that would impact SR 833 and adjacent utilities. Without treatment, the streambank would continue to undergo flood related erosion and failure, leading to the undercutting and collapse of SR 833. Failure to protect this road would result in loss of access to the only thoroughfare and endanger adjacent utilities and town infrastructure. Continued impacts include Ohio River water quality, failing streambank, occupational health safety hazards, and potential failure of SR 833 and adjacent infrastructure.”

Residents may have noticed that a portion of the Pomeroy Parking Lot has been sectioned off. This was a preventative measure. Since the initial discussion of the project, issues have developed in other areas along State Route 833 in Pomeroy. A portion of the walking path has also been blocked off. Those issues will be addressed once the project is underway.