Motorists traveling State Route 163 east of Genoa should expect detours and delays beginning next week.
The state-hired contractor will shut down the bridge at Nissen Road for two days, May 30 and 31 for bridge repairs, said Theresa Pollick, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 2 office.
The official detour route for drivers is to take State Route 51 to Route 105 and pick up Route 163 in Oak Harbor.
The company, Shelly Construction , Thornville, O., won the contract for $1.58 million.
ODOT workers have already begun forewarning drivers of the pending closing by posting a series of signs along the roadside between Oak Harbor and Genoa.
The bridge is one of the larger parts of the project. After that work is completed, there will be intermittent delays on Route 163 between routes 51 and 590 until September, Pollick said. That work entails a number of stretches of road resurfacing.
“Generally, when we have several projects in the area, the state will combine them for the bid,” Pollick explained.
Construction season is moving into full swing along Ottawa County roadways. Workers are nearly done with a large scale bridge project on State Route 2 near the wildlife refuge.
“Their goal is to finish the job before the end of May,” Pollick said.
ODOT’s 2013 construction program includes nearly 1,000 new projects and totals an estimated $2.3 billion.