Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Fulton Road Bridge to Come Down Soon

Looks like WTAM beet the other news outfits on this one. I can't wait to see the final designs on this. It should pretty nice.
This is the way to keep the public involved in a project. (even if it is going to result in the taking of portions of some residents property)
Fulton Road Bridge Bid Is Under Estimate

Demolition of 74-year-old span will commence this winter.
$45.8 million. That's the apparent low-bid for the Fulton Road Bridge contract in Cleveland. That's about 3% below the ODOT estimate of $47.6 million.

Bids were opened Wednesday morning from contractors who wanted to tear down the old bridge over the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and build a new one.

Once the bid from Kokosing Construction of Fredericktown, Ohio, is reviewed, it will likely be awarded within a week. A pre-construction meeting will then be held with all groups that have a vested interest in the project. ODOT's Michelle Proctor says demolition will happen this winter, when zoo traffic is at its lowest. Then construction will take two to three years.

The Fulton Road Bridge was built in 1932, and has been crumbling for years. It was built in 1932, and has been crumbling for years. There is even a protective cover over the zoo pedestrian paths. Two lanes of the bridge have been closed to traffic since March of 2004 due to structural issues.

The new bridge will continue the arch design of the current span. Funds from the state and federal governments will cover about 80% of the costs.

Click here for more information about the Fulton Road Bridge project.

Notice: The Fulton Road Bridge website has not been updated in quite some time - but it does have nice renderings.

In July, i took some photos of the crumbly bridge which you can see here.