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Clinton Street bridge to close completely during replacement
No traffic to be maintained across bridge
LIMA (Monday, October 24, 2016) The bridge carrying Ohio 15 (Clinton Street) over the Maumee River in Defiance, which is currently scheduled to be replaced in 2019, will be closed completely to traffic during construction.
Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 initially decided to perform the replacement using part-width construction which would have maintained a single lane of traffic in each direction over the bridge while the other half was built. But recent public concerns following that decision led the department to engage the public again on the subject this September.
“Based on feedback from last month’s public meeting, and conversations with emergency responders and local public officials, we believe the community would be less impacted with a complete closure of the bridge,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
Slusher said it is believed that a full closure will result in less congestion in the downtown area as traffic will disperse and travel other routes. Full closure is also expected to shorten construction time, which is estimated to be up to 18 months, because the contractor would be less restricted. Part-width construction was estimated to require 24 months.
“We are also structuring the contract to encourage the contractor to be innovative in their construction methods which we hope will lessen that time even more,” said Slusher.

The project will completely replace the existing structure with a bridge which will carry four lanes of traffic and provide better access across the bridge for pedestrians, bicyclists and those with disabilities.
 
Estimated construction cost is $9 million.
 
 
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset--the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
 
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
 
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For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email
D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us