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Bridge opening now at Sept. 2

The re-opening of the Lawrence Street Bridge (County Road 22) is now scheduled tentatively for Sept. 2.

“If everything goes according to the contractor’s schedule,” said Kathleen Fuller, public information officer for District 9, Ohio Department of Transportation. “They have got the base pavement down and they will be working on getting the surface course down. They have to groove the bridge deck, install the guardrail and do the striping. Everything has to come into place between the prime contractor and subcontractor with the scheduling and getting the crews.”

The project to put in a single-span concrete box bridge began on June 3. Lawrence Street and the bridge were expected to be closed through the beginning of October.

The more than $900,000 project, under the supervision of ODOT, is raising the bridge and road five feet to place it out of the flood zone.

“We are supposed to have the lines down or at least some sort of pavement marking and guardrails in as quickly as possible before re-opening to traffic,” Fuller said. “You can’t reopen the route and have those things not be in place for very long. There is a certain timeline. Getting the schedule in place with all different parts of the whole to come together.”