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ODOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING CLINTON STREET BRIDGE CLOSURE

Bridge set to close mid-February

LIMA (Friday, Dec. 21, 2018) – The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 will hold a public meeting to discuss the upcoming closure of the state Route 15 (Clinton Street) bridge over the Maumee River in Defiance which is scheduled to close mid-February.
The meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the cafeteria of Defiance High School, 1755 Palmer Drive, Defiance. A presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.
“We will share the details of the project schedule as well as how traffic and emergency services will be managed during the bridge closure,” said Kirk Slusher, deputy director for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1.
During the week of Jan. 7, installation of a temporary traffic signal on the north side of the interchange at U.S. Route 24 and Domersville Road, and at U.S. Route 24 and Baltimore Street is expected to begin. The temporary signals will provide for better traffic flow once the bridge is closed.
The first work at the bridge itself is scheduled to begin the week of Jan. 14 when construction of a causeway for equipment access will begin.
None of the work occurring in January is anticipated to have a significant effect on traffic.
When the bridge is closed in mid-February, it will remain closed for at least nine months during the project which will completely replace the existing structure with a bridge that will carry four lanes of traffic and provide better access across the bridge for pedestrians, bicyclists and those with disabilities.
The project cost is $8.3 million.
Great Lakes Construction, Hinckley, is the general contractor for the project.
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.
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