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Don’t wait if you want to pick bridge

The discussion about the Ironton-Russell Bridge has just begun.

Friday, September 10, 1999

The discussion about the Ironton-Russell Bridge has just begun. Businesses and residents are starting to give their opinions on where the span across the Ohio River should be located.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has put several options out for the community to review – and there are advantages and disadvantages to each.

But as the discussions continue about the Ironton-Russell Bridge, area residents who want to have an impact on the final decision on the bridge location will have to do more than talk among themselves.

If you feel strongly about one location over the other, you must communicate your feelings not just to city officials, but to ODOT as well.

ODOT will choose the plan after reviewing not only the logistics, but the community’s reaction as well. If the department does not hear any comments from the community, the final decision will be based on the information already gathered to this point.

In other words, if you don’t tell anyone which bridge option you want, forget having input once construction starts.

This issue is not something that will resolve itself. Any one of the options already suggested for the city will make an incredible and lasting impact on this community. Don’t miss your chance to have your say.