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Ribbon-cutting set for Route 14 Lake Rockwell bridge reopening

Span to open to traffic within several days of ceremony, says ODOT official

Published: March 20, 2017 1:55 PM

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced this morning there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 23, celebrating the reopening of the reconstructed bridge on SR 14 spanning Lake Rockwell.

ODOT District 4 Public Information Officer Justin Chesnic said the actual opening of the bridge would take place within days of the ribbon-cutting ceremony as crews finish last-minute work on the bridge.

The bridge was closed Oct. 3 when crews from the Ruhlin Co. discovered pylons supporting the bridge were near buckling. The crews were repairing bin walls on the bridge when they discovered the condition.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on the north end of the bridge, closer to Diagonal Road and Streetsboro.

The Ruhlin Co. has completely replaced a 162-foot section of bridge.

Since the closure, eastbound traffic has been rerouted along Route 303 to Route 44 southbound. Locals also have used Infirmary Road. Another option has been taking Route 43 south to Kent, then taking Route 59 east toward Ravenna.

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