Port Clinton Lift Bridge Reopening
bridge reopening to vehicles & pedestrians delayed
Click image to watch a behind-the-scenes tour of the lift
State Route 163
Port Clinton Lift Bridge
GREEN, OHIO (June 19, 2018) - The northern half of the bridge is
operational at half power, by design, after crews were able to get it
aligned properly last week. This week crews are working on alignment of
the southern half of the bridge.
the southern half is properly aligned and tested at half power, each
half of the bridge will be bolted into permanent placement with
approximately 200 bolts. The bolt holes are reamed to exact measurement
of the final bolts, so exact that even a piano string won't fit between
the bolt and the hole. This is expected to take about a week.
is ODOT's goal to be able to run testing of full power operations the
first week of July. However, there are approximately 2 weeks of final
tests that must be conducted to ensure the bridge runs properly at full
power, before it is safe to allow drivers on the bridge. In order to
expedite completion and reduce further delays, ODOT has paid to have
the designer on site to review and approve allowed tolerances with the
the remaining work must be completed in this sequence, unfortunately we
must once again delay the opening date. As you can tell by the previous
delays, it is hard to set a firm reopening date with a project as
complex as this one that includes so many different mechanical and
electrical components. We
will open the bridge as soon as possible once all the testing is
this time, the best estimate to reopen the bridge is July 20. We will
continue to update the public as we learn more information.
is a once-in-a-lifetime project," said Patrick McColley, District
Deputy Director for ODOT District 2. "If we rush to get it open
and do not have the bridge aligned precisely, we will likely have to
come back in a few years to repair it. If we finish this right, we only
have to have this one major project in our lifetime. We estimate this
bridge will last another 75 years before needing a second
shares the frustrations of these delays and will open the bridge as
soon as possible.
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.
State Route 163
Port Clinton Lift Bridge Repair
Friday, July 20
SR 163 Port Clinton Lift Bridge closed to vehicle and pedestrian
work is weather permitting
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The 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.