A bridge construction project is getting started in Jackson Township, one that will lead to some traffic changes.
"We have a bridge out on Shelby-Ganges Road, between Plymouth-Springmill and Miller Road, that we are replacing," Richland County Engineer Adam Gove said in an interview.
"It was an old bridge," Gove said. "It was failing so we try to get to replacements before we have to close roads because of deteriorated bridges."
Shelby-Ganges Road, between Plymouth-Springmill and Miller Roads in Jackson Township, is being closed for 60 days dating back to May 14, the engineer's office announced in a Facebook post.
A detour was put into place.
"We appreciate their patience," Gove said of motorists. "I know nobody likes having closed roads, but it's a necessary evil to maintain our bridges."
The contract for the project was bid back in February with Crawford Construction Co. of Galion being the low bidder, Gove said.
Its bid was $306,575, he said.
Funding came through the Ohio Public Works Commission "so we were able to get a grant for 50 percent of the cost covered," he said.
Gove spoke of the area involved.
"Shelby-Ganges is not a heavily traveled road area in the county, but it's definitely one that has some traffic out there with farms and different businesses that are out there," Gove said, adding that a lumber yard is located near the area and "gets a lot of traffic."
Through the project, a steel beam bridge dating back to 1966 is being replaced and the new one built.
"It's pretty standard construction for this size of bridge," Gove said of the incoming structure. "It's what is called a pre-cast concrete beam bridge."
The bridge project is led by Richland County.
"The county engineer is responsible for bridges on county and township roads," Gove said. "Shelby-Ganges Road is a county road so therefore all of the maintenance on that road falls under our jurisdiction."
A detailed closure and detour map is available through the engineer's website by visiting http://arcg.is/1CTKyK
Check the Shelby Daily Globe for updates as the project progresses.