By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Wayne County announced Wednesday that the Waltz Road Bridge will undergo a full replacement which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The county closed the nearly 100-year-old bridge on June 1 after an inspection found the bridge bearings had deteriorated to the point that it was deemed unsafe to keep open.
Further inspection also revealed that the bridge deck and steel supports were also in need of repair.
The county said that it reviewed both repair and replacement options and decided replacement offers the longest life for the bridge while being the most cost effective.
The county estimates that replacement gives the bridge a 60-year life span at an estimated cost of $5.4 million.
Repairing the bridge would have cost an estimated $3.9 million, according to county officials.
The Roads Division will be issuing requests for proposals for the replacement design and construction.
The county said they will work with Huron Township officials during the design phase so that it will fit their downtown revitalization planning.
Once construction begins, it is estimated that replacement will take approximately six months.
Pedestrians and bicyclists will have access to the current bridge until construction of the new bridge begins.
Department of Public Services representatives will attend a town hall meeting hosted by Commissioner Al Haidous on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Huron Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston, to discuss the bridge replacement.
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