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The Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

October 29, 2005

ODOT, Napoleon Area Officials Mark Opening of State Route 108 Perry Street Bridge

(BOWLING GREEN OCTOBER 29) Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Assistant Director Rich Martinko today officially opened the State Route 108 Perry Street bridge in Napoleon almost one month ahead of schedule. He was joined by Napoleon Mayor Andrew Small, State Senator Lynn Wachtmann, State Representative Jim Hoops and Henry County Commissioner Steve Baden.

On behalf of Governor Bob Taft and ODOT Director Gordon Proctor, I would like to thank the people of Henry County and Napoleon for their input during the bridges design and for their patience during the nine months of construction, Martinko said.

The $17.4 million bridge project replaced an aging two lane concrete bridge which opened to traffic in 1930.  The new pre-cast segmental concrete bridge carries four lanes of traffic across the Maumee River and features two multi-use paths, decorative parapet walls and roadway lighting, and architectural details in the bridges concrete arches and abutment walls which match features found on the previous bridge. 

The bridge is of vital importance to the community. The SR 108 Perry Street bridge is the only bridge in Napoleon that allows motorists to cross the Maumee River. The detour was seven miles long and took motorists around the city of Napoleon, away from local businesses.  With the original plans for the reconstruction of this bridge calling for a 27-month closure, the SR 108 bridge was a prime candidate for the use of innovative technology.

ODOT is dramatically reducing the inconvenience of road closures for thousands of Ohio motorists using innovative materials and contracting techniques, Martinko said. We recognize that we have entered into an era of record-level construction programs as we are rebuilding our states aging highway system through Governor Bob Tafts Jobs and Progress Plan. We need to be able to build projects, and bridges in particular, better and faster with less impact to the traveling public.

Drawing on experiences from the Interstate 280 Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge project, ODOT redesigned the project to incorporate newer technology to build the bridge faster. Using pre-cast concrete segments, ODOT reduced the time of the closure to nine months or one construction season. The pre-cast segments save time over the traditional method of bridge building, which includes setting steel beams on the substructure, constructing false work, pouring the bridge deck, then removing the false work once the concrete has cured.

The state of Ohio and northwest Ohio in particular will see more projects like this one because of the governors $5 billion Jobs and Progress Plan. The plan will rebuild Ohios highway network, address high-crash and congested locations and complete Ohios rural macro-corridors. Over the next 10 years, northwest Ohio will see a historic investment of almost $500 million dollars.