MEDINA — Medina County commissioners adopted a formal road maintenance agreement Tuesday with NEXUS Gas Transmission.
The agreement provides the county with $6.5 million in performance assurance bonds for the maintenance and repair of roads and bridges along the portion of the 255-mile pipeline constructed in Medina County.
NEXUS will be transporting heavy, overweight and/or oversized vehicles over designated haul roads and bridges in the county, which may, in certain cases, be in excess of the maximum load limits or design limits of the roads and bridges.
As part of the agreement, the county engineer has been directed to issue all required permits in conjunction with the $2.1 billion pipeline project.
The county can draw on the bonds only if NEXUS doesn’t fix roads/bridges in a timely manner.
County Administrator Scott Miller said it’s not like the county is getting $6.5 million in its coffers.
“I wish we were,” he joked.
“It’s only if they fail to perform,” Miller said. “Then we’d have access to that money to cover the repair.”
Miller said there’s “no doubt” NEXUS will fix any damage that occurs to county roads/bridges.
“None whatsoever,” he said.
Miller said in projects of this magnitude, performance bonds are necessary.
“I doubt we’ll have to go against the bond,” he said.
According to the agreement, if damage is done along the designated route, which creates a hazard to the public health and safety, the county will notify NEXUS of the damage. NEXUS will have 48 hours to make the repair.
If it doesn’t act accordingly, the county can draw money from the performance bond for the repairs.
NEXUS will designate roads, yet to be determined, that heavy equipment will use. It also will create a detailed video record and narrative of the pre-existing conditions.
The gas transmission company will provide written notice to county Engineer Andy Conrad at least seven calendar days prior to the start of pipe transportation trucks using designated roads.
After the pipeline is constructed, Conrad will inspect the designated roads for damage. NEXUS will have 90 days to make repairs.
Vehicles used by contractors, subcontractors and all respective agents weighing more than 10 tons can travel on designated routes only.
The agreement is in effect for two years and can be renewed.
The pipeline segment of the project has yet to start. Construction of the compressor station at 8707 Guilford Road, Guilford Township, has begun.
NEXUS spokesman Adam Parker was not available for comment Tuesday.
NEXUS, first proposed in August 2014, is a business partnership of Detroit-based DTE Energy and Spectra Energy, which is owned by Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc. The pipeline will travel through almost a dozen Ohio counties, into Michigan and then to a hub in Canada.
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