Future of the Marengo Street Bridge over the Ravine to Delaware Creek decided

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The City of Toledo, along with the Ohio Department of Transportation District 2 initiated a project to replace the Marengo Street Bridge over the Ravine to Delaware Creek.

The current bridge is a three-span, riveted steel deck truss bridge that was built in 1915. On April 15, 2016, the bridge was closed to traffic because of its deteriorated condition. In March 2018, DLZ Engineering Services conducted a feasibility study and determined rehabilitation of the current bridge is no longer a possibility due to its advanced stage of deterioration. The study found that replacement of the existing bridge is the best alternative.

At a public meeting held on April 22 at Holy Trinity Church, updated alternatives for bridge and crash tested railing type were presented. A three span continuous steel beam bridge was selected with a precast concrete railing by majority vote. It will preserve the open ravine and provide a similar rail style to that of Wildwood over Rohr Bridge.

Construction is scheduled to begin late 2020 or early 2021, and the anticipated construction cost is about 1.9 million dollars.

The current bridge is eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its removal will be mitigated as required and approved by historic preservation agencies. Volunteers of the neighborhood will serve on the mitigation committee and help with determining the details of the mitigation, which will likely incorporate a historical plaque into the structure.