Stark County to replace guard rails that aren’t state standard height, after teen nearly dies

Stark County to replace guard rails that aren’t state standard height, after teen nearly dies

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Stark County Engineers Office is making a few adjustments after a 17-year-old boy survived a life-threatening situation.

The teenager barely escaped with his life after his car slipped off the road and into Canal Fulton pond.

Stark County to replace guard rails that aren’t state standard height, after teen nearly dies

After checking with a specialist we found out that the guard rail is actually shorter than the recommended standard.

The incident that happened to Lisa Robinson’s son, Josh, ‘could have been avoided,’ the mother said.

“I lost it. My child could have died.”
Lisa Robinson

The old height was meant to be 27 inches.

But these were a little lower because of the paving of the road over the years.

It is important to note that the ODOT sets standards that are recommendations not requirements; cities and counties can also set their own guidelines. This particular guardrail is part of Stark County’s jurisdiction.

The Stark County engineer says they’ll repair the damage to the guardrail before replacing it as soon as possible.

If the plans are approved from ODOT, the work to replace miles of guardrails here in Stark County will start this summer.

Editor’s Note: This story originally incorrectly stated The Ohio Department of Transportation is making changes to guardrails. Engineers in Stark County are making the changes to guardrails. Cleveland 19 News regrets the error.

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