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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Here you can read frequently asked questions from other citizens or ask your own.These questions are obtained from citizens through public meetings, the project hotline and this web site. If you would like your question answered here, please submit your question to us via email.

If you would like to submit general questions or comments, use our comment form.

 

When will the Skyway open?
The VGCS opened to traffic on Sunday, June 24 2007.

How much does the stainless steel sheathing for the stay cables weigh?
The sheathing weighs approximately 24,000 pounds for the longest stay and approximately 2,000 pounds for the shortest.

How long is the sheathing for the stays?
The stainless steel sheathing is 70' long for the stay closest to the pylon and over 650' long for the 20th stay at the very top of the pylon.

When will the gap over the river be closed?
Cantilever construction is progressing from the pylon north, over the Maumee River's shipping channel. It will meet and connect at the north river bank. That "gap" is expected to be closed around the first of the year, January 2007.

How many individual strands make up one stay?
Each stay is comprised of a bundle of smaller epoxy-coated steel strands ranging from 82 to 156 strands.

How big are the 20 stay cables?
The first 6 stay cables (closest to the pylon) are 18" in diameter. Stays 7-20 are 20" in diameter.

Is the name, Veterans' Glass City Skyway, official?
Yes! In December of 2004, the State Legislature passed legislation which formally designates the Main Span of the I-280 Maumee River Crossing as the "Veterans' Glass City Skyway" (VGCS). The legislation, originally introduced in 2003 by State Representative Lynn Olman after significant public input, was signed by Governor Bob Taft in February 2005.

Do you have tools available for teachers to incorporate construction and bridges into their curriculum?
Yes. The Education Committee for the VGCS Task Force and The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo has produced a tool kit for educators. The "Discovering Bridges" loan boxes include models, maps, videos, books and posters. The kit also includes a teacher's guide filled with fresh, teacher-tested classroom activities as well as lesson plans and helpful web sites. Loan boxes are available to borrow from WGTE (419-380-4634). If you are waiting for a loan box to become available, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library has copies of the Teacher's Guide to get you started!

Where can I obtain more information about the VGCS project?
Literature on the pylon, stay cables, roadways (approaches), cantilever construction, and segment casting is available. To order copies for you or your organization, call the project Hot line at 419-244-7696.

Will the VGCS be the tallest structure in Northwest Ohio?
The VGCS will be the second tallest structure in Northwest Ohio towering in at 400 feet. The Owen-Illinois buliding downtown is the tallest at 440 feet.

What will happen to the existing I-280 now that the VGCS is complete?
Now that the VGCS is complete, there is a total of 70 acres of land that has become available. Of those 70 acres, 40 acres will be turned over to do with what the public desires. After numerous public meetings, the public has decided on a "Native Vegetation" theme, complete with a bike trail that will cross the existing Craig Memorial Bridge. The north end of the project, known as the trench, will be filled in to re-connect the existing neighborhoods.

What is the total length of the VGCS project?
The project limits extend from State Route 2 (Navarre Avenue) to the I-280/I-75 interchange, which totals 3.8 miles. The actual bridge length is 8,800 feet and includes 185,000 cubic yards of concrete.

What are the dimensions of one of the concrete segments that make up the bridge?
The segments vary in size and weight depending on what the segment will be used for. Approach segments are larger and heavier than a segment that will be used for a ramp, main span segments for the actual bridge portion over the river are the largest and heaviest. On average, each approach and main span segment is approximately 10 feet long, 58 feet wide and 8-12 feet deep. Any one segment weighs between 75-100 tons each. Ramp segments are approximately 10 feet long, 30 feet wide and 8 feet deep.

What color will the main pylon be when lit at night?
The pylon will be internally lit with over 350 LED lighting fixtures, offering limitless color options. Red, white and blue for the Fourth of July, pink and red for Valentine's Day or green for St. Patricks's day are just a few of the color schemes. Each LED can last 100,000 hours, providing 22-25 years of illumination at 12 hours per day.

How will traffic get to the Craig Memorial Bridge now that the new bridge is built?
The existing roadway that takes traffic over the Craig Memorial Bridge (I-280) is now S.R. 65. The intersections of S.R. 65 with Front Street and Summit Street will be an at grade intersection with a traffic light. I-280 north of Summit Street will be removed.

Where is the observation area and is there parking nearby?
The observation area is located at the west end of Consaul Street behind the city fire station on Front Street. There is a parking lot and picnic tables. The area is open from dawn to dusk seven days a week.

In severe winter weather will driving on the bridge be difficult? How will it be maintained?
Driving on the bridge will be the same as driving on any other bridge, which requires caution during extreme weather conditions. During the winter months the new river crossing will be maintained as part of the regular interstate maintenance for snow and ice removal. ODOT has the equipment and materials to properly tend to the bridges road safety needs. The full shoulders will ease the ability of removing snow off of the main lanes.

Where do I get on and off the new Veterans' Glass City Skyway?
The interchange closest to the Maumee River from the south will be Front Street. The interchange closest to the Maumee River from the north will be the Greenbelt Parkway.

Who is responsible for the Craig Bridge now that the new bridge is open to traffic?
ODOT will continue to maintain the Craig Memorial Bridge, during and after the construction of the Veterans' Glass City Skyway. The Craig Memorial Bridge will continue to serve as a local route once the new river crossing is completed.