The City Engineer sent word around that the roadway contractor is scheduled to re-open all of the lanes on SR43, north and south bound, at the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge this week.
The contractor is expecting to wrap up the street work early this week and have all of the lanes open on July 25th. That would also include restoring the left turn from southbound 43 on to the new bridge which I know many people are anxiously waiting for.
I haven’t had a chance to be on the receiving end of a project briefing in the last couple of weeks to hear what’s next for the bridge project but it looks like the majority of the streetwork on both sides of the bridge is complete so I assume they’ll continue to work on finishing the pedestrian/bike bridge and it’s connection to the bike trails on both sides of the bridge.
That would presumably also mean that they’ll be working on the final grading, stormwater and landscaping features from now until early 2013 before calling it a wrap.
As much as I appreciate the value of new investment in our community, I appreciate it most when it’s done and I’m using it, so I’m pleased to see us passing another significant project milestone this week in the biggest bridge project in City history (and all of Portage County history for that matter).