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.