News Release


District 10 • 338 Muskingum Drive • Marietta, Ohio 45750 •


For Immediate Release

March 6, 2009


Washington Street Bridge to Close Spring 2009

Total project estimate reduced by 11 percent


Marietta, Ohio – The Washington Street Bridge in Marietta will be closed for repairs beginning June 6, 2009 until August 17, 2009. The contract was awarded to the Ruhlin Company from Sharon Center, Ohio.

In an effort to reduce costs and maximize resources, ODOT was able to reduce the total project cost by nearly 11 percent from $7.9 million to $7.08 million. As an added incentive, $30,000 will be awarded to the contractor for each day the project is completed prior to August 17, 2009. However, for every day the project exceeds the deadline, the contractor is penalized $30,000. The incentive has been developed to minimize the impact time for the traveling public and commercial business.

Repairs will focus on the resurfacing of lanes, deck replacement, upgrade to railing and sidewalk, and minor structural repair to ensure safer road conditions and increase aesthetics. In an effort to integrate a multi-modal system, the sidewalk will be accessible to wheelchairs and pedestrians.

"Our focus on continuous roadway improvements and practical use of resources exemplifies our dedication and commitment to creating a multi-modal transportation system that is efficient, cost-effective and reliable for the communities we serve," stated Larry Woodford, District 10 Deputy Director of ODOT.

ODOT crews will also be affected by the bridge closure and have restructured their logistics and methods of operation to work smarter and more efficient. District 10 County Manager, Doug Clifton, said, "We have strategically placed teams, equipment and material north and south of the city to avoid local traffic patterns as to not become a contributing factor to the congestion. Our goal is to effectively use our resources during the bridge closure to make the commute safe for the traveling public."

Built in 1953, the Washington Street Bridge is vital for many drivers as over 16,000 vehicles utilize the bridge daily. ODOT has created an official detour to accommodate all daily commuters as well as out of town travelers (see attached map of detour). The detour is U.S. 50 to I-77 then to State Route 7. As well, the city of Marietta has designated its own local detour.

ODOT urges travelers to do a trial run to establish the most efficient route possible to and from their primary destinations. Also, please be courteous and implement safe driving practices at all times to ensure a safe travel.

As a service to the public, ODOT will continually communicate all progress of the bridge closure on our website at and through the local media outlets.


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To seamlessly link Ohio’s highways, railways, transit, aviation and port facilities, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will promote a world-class, integrated multi-modal transportation system that is cost-efficient, effective and reliable for all of the state’s citizens, businesses and travelers. ODOT District 10 serves Ohio’s multi-modal transportation needs in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Vinton & Washington Counties.

For more information contact David Rose at 740-568-3904 or Karen Pawloski at 740-568-3909, ODOT District 10. Up-to-date traffic and construction information can be found online 24 hours a day at