What will it take to fix this?

TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) — Water still rushes underneath, but up above traffic no longer flows.

“You learn to drive around and not take that way,” says neighbor Andy Potchik.

Nearly two months have passed since flood waters washed away a chunk of Fourth Street in Tipp City, but the parted pavement is still there.

So when will the hole be fixed? We took that question to Tipp City’s Manager Brad Vath.

He says they’re pushing things as fast as they can and that usually the bidding for a project like this takes three or four months, but using a quicker process they expect to award the project at the July 21 council meeting.

Work will start shortly after that.

In the meantime we wanted to know about efforts to keep people from driving or falling into the hole.

Vath says they are always concerned about safety, but thinks the city’s done enough to warn people.

We found a road closed sign at Fourth and Main Street, two barriers a block later and the hole is surrounded by cones, caution tape, signs and orange fencing, although it is leaning in spots.

Neighbors say some can’t help but take a closer look.

“Some people don’t have common sense,” Potchik says. “They walk right up to the edge and say that won’t happen to me.

The cost to fix the hole is about $340,000. A state grant will pay for 80 percent of that while the city will cover the rest.

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