Maumee Avenue Bridge set to reopen next week

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - It's a project that has seemingly lasted forever, but soon those in Toledo's Old South End will get some relief.

"It's really been a pain, especially with getting the kids to school and stuff every day," Toledoan Jennifer Lipscomb said.

City leaders told 13abc Monday that the new Maumee Avenue Bridge is slated to reopen on October 18. It comes after crews closed the neighborhood connector last November for a total overhaul.

"It's confusing for everyone ... because we've had a lot more traffic down here, too," Lipscomb said.

City leaders say the bridge and surrounding sewers are finished and ready to go. The street, curbs and sidewalks around it, however, still need to be poured before reopening.

Work in the area hasn't come without its challenges. The city and ODOT started projects in the neighborhood around the same time and blocked many streets that people use to get in and out. In April, the old bridge collapsed on itself and cut communication lines for dozens of people.

"It's been difficult, but we've muddled through it," Mindy Rapp with the SeaGate Food Bank said.

Rapp and her team went two weeks without phones or internet at their High Street location because of the outage. Now with the issue behind them Rapp says the construction itself still makes it tough for deliveries.

"There have been times where we've had to use an alley to get here and all kinds of interesting things," Rapp said.

With work finally wrapping up, those who rely on the Maumee Avenue Bridge say they're ready to get back to a normal commute.