Mar 22, 2013

Will the Columbus Avenue underpass railing get fixed?

I have noticed that the railing along the Columbus Avenue underpass is yet again rusted. It seems like it is rusty every other year. I understand it is probably salt that is doing this. Who is responsible for its upkeep? Can we maybe have a different paint used? Bill in Sandusky

It's unlikely repairs to the Columbus Avenue underpass will occur anytime soon.

"There has not been anything budgeted for repairing the railing on Columbus Avenue," city foreman Troy Vaccaro said.

The seven city commissioners are set to approve Sandusky's $16 million everyday operating budget. The meeting is set for 5 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 222 Meigs St. Maybe this is a good opportunity for you or anyone else concerned about the underpass' upkeep to speak about why commissioners should spend money for repairs and maintenance.

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Licorice Schtick

That's a STUPID answer. With limited funds, we can't afford NOT to maintain stuff. Maintenance is far cheaper that replacement. We can't afford to let the City Hall building fall apart, either, but that's exactly what we're doing. Who's running this circus?


...the clowns in the middle.

Good 2 B Me



you think thats a stupid answer? i think its a dumb question. with the underpass on camp street totally crumbling down & falling apart that has yet to be fixed, repaired & renovated??? really??? someone is seriously concerned about the rusted out railings on the columbus ave underpass??? like your priorities there, bill!


I've never been much of a fan of "awarded to the lowest and best bid." I think the entire rework of the Columbus Ave underpass is reflective of why the lowest and best doesn't work sometimes.

The Answer Person

When those railings were installed, I was amazed that they would have installed railings that needed ongoing PAINTING rather than something that was annodized or aluminum instead of iron. Remember when they installed them with the letter "S" option in them and that some went this way and others went that way? All mixed up...geee...makes you wonder. They finally had to come back and take some out and reinstall them so that they all faced the same (DUH!!!) direction.


Were not the railings donated by LEWCO on First Street? Ya get what ya pay for.