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Ironton-Russell Bridge about 20 percent complete

Jan. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Construction of the new Ironton-Russell Bridge is about 20 percent complete, said Kathleen Fuller, public information officer with District 9 of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The $81.3 million project that began in the spring of 2012 has been steadily moving ahead through the winter months, Fuller said.

"We've been fortunate that the weather hasn't been horribly bad," she said.

All the foundation elements have been driven or cast, and the approach substructure peers can be seen coming up, especially on the Ironton side, Fuller said. In terms of the subsurface work in Ironton, the storm sewer water line is 70 percent complete, she said.

The new bridge will enter Ironton at South 2nd and Jefferson streets. On the Kentucky side, it will connect to the U.S. 23 viaduct. On the Kentucky side, crews have been working on reconfiguring the intersection with the new bridge approach.

"They're about halfway finished with that," Fuller said. "The Kentucky abutment and approach -- those are coming along well right now. The abutment is near completion."

In Ironton, Jefferson Street between Second and Third streets will be closed beginning Wednesday, Jan. 30, for 45 days for pavement reconstruction. Motorists will be detoured locally through downtown.

The target completion date for the new bridge is late summer 2015.

The existing bridge was built in 1922. Weight restrictions have been placed on the span in recent years. The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to keep the span open until the new bridge is ready. About 11,000 vehicles use the bridge per day.

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