I thought I’d offer a short update to a previous post announcing the planned closure of the Middlebury Road bridge (over the Cuyahoga River) beginning October 20th. It turns out the County’s contractor has made some suggestions for the work that will require additional approvals which has required additional time which means Middlebury Road is actually still open and probably won’t be closed for construction until after Thanksgiving. So if you’re a Chapel Hill Mall shopper (shop Kent first!) it looks like you’ll still be able to get there via Middlebury Road on the busiest shopping day of the year on the day after Thanksgiving.
Here’s a copy of an email that I received from the Kent Engineering Division:
I spoke with Portage County this morning on the status of the construction of the proposed bridge over the Cuyahoga River. The county informed me that the contractor was submitted a modification to the original US Army Corp of Engineers permit to construct the bridge over the Cuyahoga River. The reason for the modification is that the contractor has proposed to work on a platform in the river to construct the foundations for the bridge piers. The original permit did not include constructing a temporary platform in the river.
At this time, the modification has been preliminarily reviewed by the USACOE. The USACOE requested additional details on the permit modification that the contractor is working on now.
Once the contractor receives the permit from the USACOE, the contractor will require an additional 2 weeks before demolition and the road closure can commence. During this 2 week period the contractor will be obtaining the required air quality permit to remove asbestos from the bridge during demolition.
I will keep you posted if I hear any additional information.