Ironton-Russell Bridge Rehab On Tap
Chillicothe - Site preparations for a $1.1 million preservation project to rehabilitate the Ironton-Russell Bridge are slated to begin early next week, and closure of the bridge is expected the following week.
Contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation will be bringing equipment and materials to the construction site the week of August 4, and daytime closures are anticipated to be imparted the week of August 11.
Once construction gets under way, the bridge will be subject to daytime-only closure from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for up to 60 calendar days, with it open to evening and overnight travel each day. Crews from Armstrong Steel Erectors are scheduled to work weekdays, Monday through Friday; however, the schedule may be extended to include Saturdays depending upon factors such as crew availability and mobilization of materials and equipment. In addition, the contractors are prohibited from working anytime between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The rehabilitation project will include repairs to the bridge deck, grid panels and specific fatigue areas, as well as repairs to lighting and guardrail. Moreover, engineers from the University of Cincinnati Infrastructure Institute will take the opportunity while the bridge is closed to update the strain gage monitoring system that is affixed to the bridge. Installed in 1999, the gages collect bridge stress data, which is used to determine the fatigue condition of the bridge and its load carrying capabilities.
Construction is scheduled for completion by October 31, 2008, and during periods of closure, motorists will be detoured by way of U.S. Route 52 and the Ashland, Ky., bridge to U.S. Route 23.
For more information contact: Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834 in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio