Angered resident digs up new road

A resident tore up fresh pavement with his hands because he didn’t think the city was doing it properly.

Barberton crews were in the process of paving 35th Street SW between Noble and Wayne streets. The southbound lane had been paved and the northbound lane was being prepared for paving.

When a city worker arrived to the area, he noticed several areas on the road in front of the resident’s house, in the 200 block, had been damaged. A construction inspector determined the road was unsafe for vehicular travel as some holes were more than 12 inches deep.

The inspector said that the resident had previously complained that the road had not been prepared properly and said he could dig it up.

The resident spoke with police Aug. 3 and said he dug up the road by hand to prove a point. He said as a taxpayer, he demands the road be repaired properly. The street department contacted police to investigate vandalism. The resident was advised to contact the law department with further concerns and stop damaging the road.


  1. B. Ackerman on August 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    This resident should have consulted his council rep and demanded action before doing anything. With that said, BRAVO MR GRIMES !! I watched the video on fox 8 news, this was a sub contracted job that was being done incorrectly while your local city workers were eating lunch or something of that ilk. This city needs to stop writing checks and start doing the work themselves. How about our well compensated employee’s go home tired with some dirt on their hands for a change. Join me in calling the mayor’s office to support Mr Grimes . Thank you

  2. Anonymous on August 11, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    it is ridiculous that our roads last barely two years before they look like Seal’s face. They need to tear up the paving stones that shift with any weight on them and replace them with a real foundation. Do it once right and it will cost less than it would to replace them every 2 years.

  3. Anonymous on August 11, 2017 at 10:33 am

    some one should review the specifications that were provided to the contractor, and make sure that the city is holding them to their contractor. If the contractor is not correctly repairing and resurfacing the road then they should have to take cores of the road that have already been topped. If the cores come back to show that the contractor is at fault then their should be reduced payment. City inspectors should also have some blame since it is their job to hold the contractor to the written contract.

  4. SPD on August 9, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Well, in his defense, he has a point.

    • Xxx xxxx on August 13, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Even then, that was pretty nuts.

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