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Investing in Northeast Ohio:
Aetna Road Bridge to Close June 14 for Reconstruction

Garfield Heights, Ohio (Monday, June 7, 2010)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Schirmer Construction Company of North Olmsted recently began preparations to demolish and reconstruct the Aetna Road bridge in Cleveland. 

On June 14, 2010, crews will close the Aetna Road bridge between East 91st Street and East 82nd Street over the CSX Railroad in order to demolish the existing bridge and construct a new bridge. Motorists will be detoured via E. 78th Street, Union Avenue and E. 93rd Street.  The bridge is expected to remain closed until the project is complete on or around June 30, 2011.

The bridge was originally expected to close on or around June 1, however the closure was delayed in order to synchronize operations with area business owners and the CSX Railroad Corporation, Inc. 

Motorists will notice signs at this construction site, announcing “Putting America to Work: Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”  Similar orange-and-green signs have been erected when work begins at stimulus-funded projects across Ohio.

As of the end of April, ODOT and its local partners have awarded contracts on more than 335 different stimulus-funded transportation construction projects worth more than $882 million. So far, 71 stimulus projects have been completed on Ohio's roadways and bridges, providing safer travel for Ohio's citizens and businesses.

Just as important as the number of projects is the number of paychecks these stimulus investments are helping to write. Since the start of the Recovery Act, workers on stimulus-funded transportation projects have clocked in more than a million work hours on these jobs and have so far earned more than $33 million in paychecks. ODOT expects that number to more than double by the end of this summer.

All dates and times are approximate and weather dependent.  For statewide construction and road condition information visit www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.

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Project Facts:

Project: Reconstruct the Aetna Road bridge over the CSX Railroad between East 91st St. and East 82nd St. in the city of Cleveland.

Contractor: Schirmer Construction Company

Bid Amount:  $1,486,034.63

Completion Date: June 30, 2011

For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2005

Or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us