Port Clinton Lift Bridge Reopening Delayed
Bridge will NOT open to vehicles & pedestrians by Memorial Day;
new opening date June 14
State Route 163
Port Clinton Lift Bridge
Construction on the Port Clinton Lift Bridge has been extended through June 14.
one of only four lift bridges maintained by the Ohio Department of
Transportation (ODOT), this is a unique project. The complexity
of adding updated mechanical and technological components while
preserving the historical elements of this iconic bridge, combined with
an aggressive schedule and unfavorable start to spring, delayed the
anticipated opening date.
recognizes the importance of this bridge for the area and the tourism
industry. Since the beginning of this project, we have tried to minimize
the impact of this closure, which is why we want to give people early
notice that the closure has been extended," said Patrick McColley,
District Deputy Director. "The bridge was built in 1932 and has lasted
decades without a major rehabilitation project. Although this extension
is an inconvenience, the rehabilitation will preserve the bridge for
decades to come."
bridge will remain closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during
the extension. However, the waterway below is accessible with one span
of the bridge to remain operable at all times. It is the helmsman's
responsibility to know if their boat will clear the
opening. Occasionally, both spans may be open.
and the contractors are working diligently to complete the project for
the benefit of generations to come, while preserving the historic value
of the bridge.
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environmental review, consultation and other actions required by
applicable Federal environmental laws for these projects 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.