Bridge construction in Perry County could affect commute

Beginning today, anyone who drives on or underneath the bridge that carries Route 11/15 just south of Route 850 in Marysville will see some changes.

The bridge carries almost 20,000 vehicles per day. Traffic will be maintained on the bridge during construction, but to ensure the safety of drivers, those traveling along West Main Street, under the bridge, will be rerouted. Drivers on the bridge should expect a change in traffic patterns.

There are three lanes of traffic on the bridge; a southbound lane and two northbound lanes. In order to carry out the construction that needs to be done on the bridge, and still maintain traffic, the project will be done in three stages. First, traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction and shifted east. Doing this will allow crews to demolish and rebuild the bridge on the west side of the bridge while the east side is rebuilt. In stage two, traffic will be shifted to the west side of the bridge while the east side is rebuilt. In the final stage, traffic will be shifted back to the east side of the bridge while the new sidewalk on the west side of the bridge is built.

The project is estimated to cost $1,138,335 and should be completed by early October.

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