Anthony Wayne bridge to close for 19 months - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Anthony Wayne bridge to close for 19 months

Posted: Updated:

The thought of the high level bridge being closed to traffic for more than a year is frustrating, especially for those who use it on a daily basis.

"The traffic is going to be increasing and summer is coming and it's going to be worse," Lucinda Kinnan, who lives in East Toledo said.  "The roads aren't fit to drive on now."

But it's necessary, so the Ohio Department of Transportation can rebuild and refurbish the Toledo landmark.

"The goal is to maintain its historical integrity and we intend to do that while improving safety," ODOT spokesperson, Theresa Pollick told 13abc.

The price tag is a hefty $28.6 million.

It includes rebuilding the bridge deck, fence and sidewalks, replacing trusses, and rehabbing existing infrastructure.

"While we have this closure in place we wanted to make sure we were doing all of the work necessary and make sure we eliminated any need to come back again in the near future," Pollick said.

For some this project needed to happen a long time ago.

"It's been crumbling and falling apart," Diane Cheek, who lives next to the bridge said.

Cheek says she's found pieces of the bridge in their backyard.  Both she and her husband are anxiously awaiting the finished product.

"I'm ecstatic that they're going to take care of my neighbor," Cheek told 13abc.

However, there are some concerns.

There's the obvious traffic headache, but also the worry that police and firefighters will have a more difficult time responding to emergencies.

"If something happens can they call for mutual aid?" Kinnan asked.

The answer is yes.  In fact, TPD and Toledo Firefighters have already looked into how to alleviate that issue.

One of many adjustments that will be made as upgrades are completed.

The bridge will close to traffic March 17th and for 10 days after the Craig bridge will also be shut down.

Detours will be posted.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Former Monroe Co. 4-H leader facing child pornography charges

    Former Monroe Co. 4-H leader facing child pornography charges

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:28:16 GMT
    50-year-old Robert Stumpmier was already scheduled to go to trial next month for accusations of sex crimes with a 16-year-old boy.
    50-year-old Robert Stumpmier was already scheduled to go to trial next month for accusations of sex crimes with a 16-year-old boy.

  • Authorities investigation 3 bus accidents

    Authorities investigation 3 bus accidents

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:15:39 GMT
    The start of the school year is off to a bumpy start for some kids riding the bus, after 3 bus accidents in less than 24 hours. A bus driver even received a ticket for one accident. Sylvania Township police say a truck driver did not yield at a stop sign for the bus and the two collided. This happened near Cory and Springbrook. None of the junior high students on the bus were hurt. The truck driver was taken to the hospital with neck and back injuries. Yesterday a Washington local school bus ...
    The start of the school year is off to a bumpy start for some kids riding the bus, after 3 bus accidents in less than 24 hours. A bus driver even received a ticket for one accident. Sylvania Township police say a truck driver did not yield at a stop sign for the bus and the two collided. This happened near Cory and Springbrook. None of the junior high students on the bus were hurt. The truck driver was taken to the hospital with neck and back injuries. Yesterday a Washington local school bus ...
  • Local program that feeds children gets big boost from the state

    Local program that feeds children gets big boost from the state

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:46:38 GMT
    Tens of thousands of children live at or below the poverty level in Lucas County. For many of them, that often means going hungry. That's where Feed Lucas County Children comes in. The program feeds just over five thousand children daily. The organization is working to feed even more children but they can't do that without help. Every day is busy in the Feed Lucas County Children kitchen. Even though they serve thousands of meals, Executive Director Tony Siebeneck says they're only reaching...
    Tens of thousands of children live at or below the poverty level in Lucas County. For many of them, that often means going hungry. That's where Feed Lucas County Children comes in. The program feeds just over five thousand children daily. The organization is working to feed even more children but they can't do that without help. Every day is busy in the Feed Lucas County Children kitchen. Even though they serve thousands of meals, Executive Director Tony Siebeneck says they're only reaching...
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Put-In-Bay bar manager indicted for rape

    Put-In-Bay bar manager indicted for rape

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:09:08 GMT
    An Ottawa County grand jury has indicted a Put-In-Bay bar manager on rape charges.Christopher Blessing is accused of raping a co-worker. Blessing faces two rape charges from an incident back in May. The victim told police that after work she was invited out for drinks with Blessing. She told police she didn't remember anything until 2:30am when she says the sexual assault happened. The victim went to a Michigan hospital later that next night and that's when police were notified. Blessing appe...
    An Ottawa County grand jury has indicted a Put-In-Bay bar manager on rape charges.Christopher Blessing is accused of raping a co-worker. Blessing faces two rape charges from an incident back in May. The victim told police that after work she was invited out for drinks with Blessing. She told police she didn't remember anything until 2:30am when she says the sexual assault happened. The victim went to a Michigan hospital later that next night and that's when police were notified. Blessing appe...
  • Blade Briefing 8/28/14

    Blade Briefing 8/28/14

     

  • Former Monroe Co. 4-H leader facing child pornography charges

    Former Monroe Co. 4-H leader facing child pornography charges

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:28:16 GMT
    50-year-old Robert Stumpmier was already scheduled to go to trial next month for accusations of sex crimes with a 16-year-old boy.
    50-year-old Robert Stumpmier was already scheduled to go to trial next month for accusations of sex crimes with a 16-year-old boy.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!