JACKSON TOWNSHIP -- A bridge construction project that started this spring officially is completed, the finished product open to traffic.
The announcement about the new bridge and end of a detour was made by the Richland County Engineer’s Office.
“A little late on this post, but Shelby-Ganges Road, between Miller and Plymouth-Springmill, was opened last Thursday (July 9),” the office said via Facebook. “Thank you Crawford Construction Co. for their work on this bridge replacement project.”
The new pre-cast concrete box beam bridge replaces a steel beam bridge built in 1966.
The roadway reopened about a week sooner than expected.
Kenneth Zimmerman, owner of Zimmerman's Metal and Lumber Inc., said he was the first motorist to cross the new bridge.
"The guys had just taken the last barricade down when I was pulling into my driveway," Zimmerman said. "So I just went on down and was the first vehicle to cross the new bridge."
At the time, he recalled thinking that being the first "would be kind of neat."
Zimmerman's business is about a quarter-mile east of the bridge.
"The (old) bridge was in need of replacement, and they did a very nice job of getting that bridge back open in a timely manner, and they did a very nice job on that bridge," Zimmerman said.
The project was led by the Richland County Engineer’s Office.
To carry out the work, Shelby-Ganges Road, between Plymouth-Springmill and Miller Roads in Jackson Township, was closed dating back to May 14, the engineer's office announced in a previous post. The detour was put into place.
"We appreciate their patience while Crawford Construction was able to get the project done," Richland County Engineer Adam Gove said of motorists in a recent interview. "Hopefully this bridge will serve for a lot of years to come."
Funding came through the Ohio Public Works Commission, meaning that a grant was secured to cover 50 percent of the cost, Gove noted in an previous interview.
The contract for the project was bid back in February with Crawford Construction Co. of Galion being the low bidder. Their bid was $306,575.