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Ohio Department of Transportation    News Release
District 1    Kirk Slusher, P.E., District Deputy Director
1885 North McCullough St. • Lima, Ohio 45801
Total replacement option selected for Clinton Street bridge
Bridge will remain a four-lane structure
LIMA (Thursday, July 2, 2015) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 has chosen to completely replace the bridge carrying Ohio 15 (Clinton Street) over the Maumee River in Defiance with a four-lane structure.
This option was one of several considered to address the existing deteriorated structure and was the recommended preferred alternative presented at a public meeting in May.
The project, scheduled for construction in 2019, 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. Also considered was completely replacing the bridge with a five-lane structure.
The department also considered reusing the existing bridge piers. That option was eliminated after testing determined the piers would require replacement in approximately 20 years.
The existing bridge was originally constructed in 1932. The bridge deck was replaced in 1980.
Estimated construction cost of the chosen option is $9 million. It is anticipated that state and federal funds provided through ODOT will fund the project.
The decision was made after ODOT and its consultant, Burgess & Niple of Columbus, gathered feedback on the alternatives during a series of stakeholder meetings and the public meeting.
 “This option addresses the identified goals for this project and will provide a structure which will serve Defiance for decades,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
Slusher said it is anticipated that traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, will be maintained across the river during construction which will likely take two years to complete.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email