Heavy rains collapse road

BAZETTA – Officials at Mosquito Lake State Park are gathering estimates to repair an interior park road damaged by Monday’s heavy rains. In the meantime, all facilities remain open at the park.

Cars entering the park from the main entrance off state Route 305 were re-routed Tuesday to other boat launches and entrances.

A roadway culvert buckled pavement in the two-lane roadway following heavy rains Monday night, according to assistant park manager Josie McKenna. The dangerous road was discovered between 7 and 8 a.m. Tuesday and was posted unsafe for cars, bikes and pedestrians, she said.

Later in the day, warm temperatures and the weight of the pavement caused the road to collapse, she said.

Park visitors entering from Route 305 can make an immediate right to reach the dog park and beach, and parking area for those facilities.

The marina and boat launch near the docks are accessible the Bazetta Road entrance of the old main entrance to the park from Miller’s Landing, which McKenna said was re-opened Tuesday.

The park also has boat launches off U.S. Army Corp of Engineers property near the southeast shoreline of the lake and on the east shore near the state Route 88 causeway.

Recent heavy rains have also damaged culverts under private driveways and may have caused a culvert to fail in Foster Park between the Mahoning River and River Road in Newton Township. That park is closed until further notice.

Officials said efforts are to get it repaired before Memorial Day weekend.