With the repair of the Middlebury Road bridge in 2007, the Spaulding Drive bridge took top honors as the bridge in the worst condition in the City. I know there are some that would have guessed the Crain Avenue bridge as the worst, but believe it or not, structurally the Spaulding Drive bridge has it beat. Admittedly Crain Avenue carries more traffic but as you probably know we’ve got the largest bridge replacement project in Portage County history underway for Crain Avenue so now it’s time to take care of Spaulding Drive which is why this Monday, June 30th, some preliminary engineering work will have the bridge reduced to a single lane so you may want to avoid Spaulding Drive if you can.
June 27, 2008 CITY OF KENT SPAULDING DRIVE BRIDGE
AS PART OF THE SPAULDING DRIVE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT, TRAFFIC WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE ON THE BRIDGE MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2008 FROM 8:00AM UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 5:00PM TO PERMIT SOIL BORINGS AND PAVEMENT CORINGS FOR THE SPAULDING DRIVE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT.
ONE WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON THE BRIDGE, HOWEVER, MOTORISTS ARE ASKED TO EXPECT DELAYS AND TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELLING IN THIS AREA.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, RESIDENTS MAY CONTACT THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT AT (330) 678-8105.
City of Kent , Ohio
Eugene K. Roberts,
Director of Public Service
Here’s what the City Engineer has to say about the Spaulding Drive bridge project:
Spaulding Drive Bridge
In 2006 the Spaulding Drive Bridge was rated a 3, qualifying it for replacement using Municipal Bridge Program funds obtained from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The Spaulding Drive Bridge Replacement project involves the design and construction of a new structure to replace the existing bridge along with minimal road work.
The total project length (including bridge) is 350 feet.
Bridges are rated from 0 to 9 relative to their condition and public safety risk.
Project Budget: $648,000
Design Start Date March 2008
Construction Start Date April 2009
Project Finish October 2009
Here’s a look at some of the problems:
Jim Bowling and staff have done a great job at leveraging federal and state bridge dollars for the Crain Avenue bridge and the Spaulding Drive bridge replacement project. If you interested, you can read the draft City/ODOT contract for the bridge by clicking here.
And remember to visit the Engineering Division’s new Capital Project’s Page to stay current on the status of this (and all Kent) projects — here’s that link: