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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
June 17, 2002

 

GOVERNOR BREAKS GROUND FOR MAUMEE RIVER CROSSING BRIDGE
$220 Million Bridge To Help Ease Traffic Congestion in Toledo

TOLEDO (June 17, 2002) Governor Bob Taft today participated in a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on a new $220 million bridge spanning the Maumee River in downtown Toledo.

Joining Taft were U.S. Senator George Voinovich and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation, local businesses and members of the community also participated in the event.

"This new river crossing will be a lasting landmark and a new gateway for Toledo and the region," Taft said. "It is not simply another bridge that solves a major traffic problem. It represents a new Toledo. All the citizens of Lucas County can be proud of this project."

The new bridge is part of a nearly $290 million, four-mile series of projects that will remove Interstate 280 traffic from the Craig Memorial bridge. After the completion of the Maumee River Crossing project in 2006, the Craig Memorial bridge, one of the few remaining lift bridges on the U.S. Interstate system, will remain open to local traffic.

The themes of the bridge, as chosen by the community, reflect the industrial history of Toledo. The cable-stayed bridge consists of a large center pier (that will light up at night) with stainless steel cables that support the bridge deck radiating down from the pier, providing the bridge a sail-like appearance.

It will be located just downstream from the Craig Memorial Bridge; carry six lanes of interstate traffic (between I-75 and State Route 2 (Navarre Avenue); and include shoulders; have a minimum 120-foot vertical clearance above the river; have a minimum 400-foot shipping channel; and incorporate a high degree of local labor and materials.

More than 40 acres of green space will be created in the former I-280 roadbed and reflect the wishes of this community. The Maumee River Crossing bridge is the largest single project ODOT has ever constructed. Fru-Con, of St. Louis Missouri, is ODOTs contractor for the project.