The Ohio Department of Transportation District 2 announces that the Anthony Wayne Bridge is scheduled to close March 17 at 7 a.m. The bridge will be closed to both vehicles and pedestrian traffic through September 2015.
Built in 1931, the Anthony Wayne Bridge is a nationally recognized historical bridge that connects downtown Toledo with the east side. ODOT awarded the $28.7 million project to the E.S. Wagner Company in Oregon.
Work includes re-decking the bridge, replacing the existing truss end spans, rehabilitation of the existing substructures, new street lighting and rebuilding the sidewalks, railings and fence. Following the closure, lane restrictions will be put in place for an additional construction season for painting with a project completion date slated for December 2015, weather permitting.
“It’s going to send a lot more cars down Main Street. It’s going to have a negative impact on some businesses, like those gas stations right at the base of the bridge — on both sides,” District 3 councilman Mike Craig said.
“I’m more concerned about businesses that have drive-in traffic. The drive-up businesses will have a negative impact and what I’ve been telling people is, ‘It’s a negative-impact, yeah, and it’s going to be a long time — 19 months. But if they don’t do this now, they could close that bridge.’”
Other downtown bridges open during the construction period are the Martin Luther King Bridge, which leads directly into Main Street in East Toledo, the Craig Bridge which connects Summit Street to Front Street, the Veterans Glass City Skyway Interstate 280 span, and the DiSalle Bridge that spans I-75 near downtown.
ODOT will be holding an informational meeting to discuss the Anthony Wayne Bridge project on March 5 at 6 p.m. in the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Dr., Toledo. ODOT will also post updates on Facebook and Twitter.