Elmore Bridge Replacement
The current crossing of Route 51 across the Portage River was built in 1926 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. In June 2017, the annual bridge inspection found more deterioration in the concrete than expected and after additional studies, it was determined a replacement is warranted.
Beginning January 13th, 2020, environmental abatement will begin in the area around the current bridge. This is being completed as the preventative measure to not allow dirt in the area leaving the project site. Silt fence (black fabric) and inlet protection will be installed prior to starting to build the causeway. The causeway will be built on the riverbed around the bridge to support equipment for demolition and construction of the replacement bridge. Causeway construction will begin on January 27, 2020.
The closing of Route 51 across the current Elmore Bridge will occur on March 16, 2020, lasting for the next 150 days. Detours will include State Route 105 to U.S. Route 20 back to Route 51 into the Village.
Prior to the actual March 16, 2020 closing, intermittent lane closures will occur to ready the work site area for construction work. These lane closures will be controlled by signage and flagman to assist in traffic control.
The Portage River will be closed beginning January 27, 2020 through September 30th, 2020 due to the causeway installation. Signage will be displayed on the river banks warning individuals of the closure.
A camera has been incorporated by ODOT to view the project progress every 15 minutes. Access the camera from here.
Articles of interest and the links for the sites below:
Suburban Press Article - Friday, January 17, 2020
WTOL Article/Video - Monday, January 13, 2020
Toledo Blade Article - Sunday, January 12, 2020
Port Clinton News Herald - Wednesday, January 8, 2020
ODOT Project - Wednesday, August 22, 2018