The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has begun the Project Development Process for the removal of the Fort Steuben Bridge. The Fort Steuben Bridge, pictured below, was built in 1929. The Veterans Memorial Bridge, seen in the background, was constructed in 1990 to replace the Fort Steuben Bridge.
ODOT proposed the Fort Steuben Bridge Removal Project to safely remove the bridge and improve signage and access for re-routing traffic to the US 22 Veterans Memorial Bridge that is within ½ mile of the Fort Steuben Bridge.
The 80 year old structure is at the end of its useful life and is functionally obsolete. Its lanes are narrow and cannot be redesigned to provide additional width. There is a continuing concern over the integrity of the structure.
The travel demand for and use of the Fort Steuben Bridge has decreased due to the weight restrictions on it. The newer US 22 Bridge is structurally adequate and provides a sufficient Level of Service and roadway capacity for the region now and into the future.