Kent is lucky to have one of only 7 rivers in the country that received the national river heritage designation which means we’ve got an asset of national prominence to enjoy right here in the convenience of our own backyard — and by the way, thanks to the recent notice from the State Department of Natural Resources it looks like we’ll be receiving $250,000 to make the Cuyahoga even easier and more convenient to get to with improved access and parking facilities — but all that water criss-crossing our hometown also means we’ve got our fair share of bridges. And bridges, like anything else, need periodic TLC which is fine until you need to cross them while they’re receiving their make-over. Kent’s had a fair share of bridge related work this summer and here’s a short update from the City Engineer on the status of some of those projects.
The Big One: Crain / Fairchild Avenue Bridge Project
ODOT held the pre-construction project meeting for the Fairchild Crain Avenue Bridge project last week and from that meeting our City Engineer was able to share the following update on the likely project activity schedule:
“At the pre-construction meeting yesterday, Beaver Excavating gave us some information on the general schedule.
Construction should start 10/5/09
Building Demolition and the new Bridge Construction will be the primary focus of work this year.
Utility relocations will continue and increase with Dominion starting work in the next couple of weeks. AT&T and Edison have already begun their relocations.
We will have an informational handout on the construction of the project. ODOT is reviewing it now and we expected to have it printed before the end of the month.”
Friday, September 18, 2009
Some good news!!! No more detour!
The contractor for the Spaulding Drive Bridge is finishing up and has told us the bridge will be opened today (Friday, 9/18) between 5:00 & 6:00 pm.
Have a nice weekend.
SR 261 Over Plum Creek
All lanes of SR 261 opened back up in early September.
You can stay current on all of the City’s engineering projects by visiting the City Engineering Web Site: http://www.kentohio.org/dep/engineering.asp