Middlebury Road Bridge Work
Here’s an update on the status of the work from Chris Tolnar, City Engineer.
A) Contractor — Our contractor is JD Williamson Construction Company, Inc (FYI They are the same contractor who completed the Dam removal/restoration project and they are a very reputable bridge contractor)
B) Site Prep Work — There is a fair amount of site work required with the project. This is a result of the realignment of Middlebury Road to help remove some of the curvature of the roadway as well as the excessive grade on the north side of the railroad. The Portage County Engineer is planning on replacing the bridge over the Cuyahoga River in the next couple of years. This project will also help reduce the curvature and grade between the structures. Most of the site work will occur after the new structure is set due to site constraints and the type of equipment needed to set the various components.
C) New Bridge Installation — We have a tentative date for placement of the new superstructure (span over the tracks) during the first week of November. This is based on the schedule which is always in flux as the various components of the project move forward. If he wants to get some good pictures of the various things going on Matt can contact me directly for better updates, or we will have digital images of the entire construction process taken by our inspectors.
D) Arrival of the New Bridge — The superstructure will arrive just before placement due to limited space for staging on site. The load will be oversized but should not represent an issue. The structure was built and will be installed by Ohio Bridge out of Cambridge, Ohio.
E) Completion Date — I am hesitant to give a final completion date due to the possibility of inclement weather delaying the placement of the concrete decking. We are currently planning on finishing the project in late November or early December of 2006.
F) County Bridge — The structure over the Cuyahoga will be replaced by the County (who owns and maintains it) in the next couple of years. The project is slated as a fiscal year 2009 project as far as I know, but I do not have a firm date of when they plan on building it. The plans have been sent in for final review currently at this point. The new structure will better align the road and will be designed to meet the most current loading and width requirements.
G) Driving Piles — I sent out flyers to all the residents in addition to the public notice delivered to the usual news sources in the afternoon. Our inspector hand delivered all the notices and the pile driving should begin by lunchtime Wednesday. I would think the level of sound should not be any worse than the train horns the residents hear every day, it will just last longer.