Construction has continued to make good progress on the new Middlebury Road Bridge despite less than ideal weather conditions. Knock on wood, the bridge is still on track to be open before the end of the year and if all goes well it could be as early as December 1st. In preparation for the grand re-opening, the residents in and around Middlebury Road have asked for a traffic calming meeting with city staff on November 9th at 7 pm in the Shelter House at Fred Fuller Park. The city has already installed a couple of new stop signs along Middlebury Road but the residents have requested consideration of other measures to minimize the traffic impacts in their neighborhood.
Here’s a picture of the installation of the second truss structure taken on October 24th:
You’re looking at the two pieces of the superstructure of the bridge being installed. For all practical purposes the superstructure will be set this week and then the crews can begin installing the floor beams which will be bolted into place. Once the beams are secured, carpenter crews will take about a week to set the forms and then another week to lay down the reinforcing steel in preparation for the concrete to be poured in place.
To ensure the integrity of the concrete, temperatures will need to stay above freezing for at least 7 days after the pour. The concrete work will extend into the approaches at both ends of the bridge where it will be tied back into new asphalt that will transition into the existing roadway elevation.
The weather remains the wild card but under normal conditions, there should be enough good weather remaining to get all the work done by the end of November. That being said, I spoke with the Kent State University architect earlier this week and he noted that he went back and checked the weather for the last 4 months and found more days of rain than dry days during the normal business week — which is never a good thing for construction projects — so given the actual conditions we’re fortunate to be as close to being on-schedule as we are.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
October 24, 2006
Re: Neighborhood Traffic Committee Meeting
Dear Middlebury Road Traffic Calming Committee Member:
This letter is to invite you to a committee meeting discussing the traffic calming options for the Middlebury Road neighborhood. Please join us on November 9, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the Shelter House at Fred Fuller Park.
If you have any questions about this meeting please feel free to contact the Community Development Department at (330) 678-8108.