April 20, 2014

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Opening date set for Ford Road bridge

The Ford Road bridge, which links the Midway Mall area to the north side of Elyria, is scheduled to reopen in mid-November. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

The Ford Road bridge, which links the Midway Mall area to the north side of Elyria, is scheduled to reopen in mid-November. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — When city officials closed off the Ford Road bridge, the questions on the minds of those who travel the span across the Black River only wanted to know one thing: when the bridge would reopen.

It looks as if that date has finally come.

City Engineer Tim Ujvari said if the weather cooperates the bridge will reopen at 10 a.m. Nov. 15.

“We have been fortunate that this project has remained on schedule,” Ujvari said. “By contract, the contractor has until March of next year to deal with any weather delays that may occur, but that really hasn’t happened.”

Asphalt is being laid on the bridge deck and enough work will be complete for travel by then. This comes after a steady stream of work that even included an early morning caravan of cement trucks that began rolling long before the sun rose.

Construction on the bridge, a convenient shortcut between Elyria’s north side and the Midway Mall area, started in early spring.

Councilman Mark Craig, I-4th Ward, said the importance of the bridge is strong to the ward. It’s near the popular Lorain County Metro Parks Bur Oak Reservation.

“I always hear from residents who say they miss being able to go to the park to run or walk and then head over to Midway Mall for lunch,” he said.

The new two-lane, 263-foot bridge is going up just north of the old single-lane bridge, which dated to the 1950s. It has a price tag of $3.1 million.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

  • Joe Smith

    Oh man, they took the ramp out. You used to be able to get airborne off that. At least we did back in the 70′s

    • Phil Blank

      You mean like a ramp over rail road tracks where those kids died?

      • Joe Smith

        Don’t know anything about that ramp, why? Does it mean nobody can talk about a memory about a different ramp when they were kids because of some incident?

        • ken

          Phil Blank only thinks negative

          • Phil Blank

            You are incorrect!

    • KR13

      The ramp was awesome! Airborne a few time myself!!!

  • Phil Blank

    No photo of what is let of the old bridge?

  • Chris Schneider

    It looks fantastic! I have missed being able to cross over and get to the north side, or just to go down to Bur Oak the easy way! That hill is a monster to bike up if you are tired. Great work by all of those involved.