Akron, Ohio– Alan Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, would like to alert residents and motorists of a bridge replacement project on Bank Street over the Little Cuyahoga River located in the City of Akron. The Summit County Engineer’s Office is taking public comments on the proposed project from now until July 10, 2015. Current plans call for the road to be closed in the summer of 2016 for 120 days.
The closure is necessary remove the existing 55-foot long, 40-foot wide structurally deficient bridge built in 1933. The replacement bridge will be 57 feet in length and will provide two 14-foot wide lanes for vehicles, with an additional 5 foot of sidewalk on each side of the bridge for pedestrians. The center support of the existing bridge will be removed and the new bridge will span the entire river.
The Summit County Engineer’s office contracted with the URS Corporation, now known as AECOM, to design the bridge replacement project. The Akron area engineering firm is nearly complete with the plans, specifications, and cost projections for the project and the Summit County Engineer’s Office will be awarding a construction contract next spring to remove and replace the bridge.
The official detour for the closure of Bank Street will route traffic along North Case Avenue to East Market Street to North Arlington Street to East Buchtel Avenue. The detour route will be in effect for 120 days.