November 27, 2014


Ford Road bridge opening on schedule

ELYRIA – The Ford Road bridge is opening Friday.

It’s been months – no, years – since the city closed the old bridge because of its poor condition and forced scores of drivers to find alternate routes to get from the city’s north side to the Midway Mall area. All the while, city officials vowed to see that a new, better bridge was constructed to replace the single lane bridge, which dates back to the 1950s.

The promises come to an end Friday.

After a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Holly Brinda and city Engineer Tim Ujvari, the bridge will be reopened to traffic.

Construction on the bridge started in early spring. The new two-lane, 263-foot bridge is going up just north of the old bridge. It has a price tag of $3.1 million.

Follow Lisa on Twitter Friday morning for updates during the ribbon cutting.

  • Beth

    Great! Its been out for too long.

  • Phil Blank

    What was it before the 1950s, an old farmers wooden bridge?

  • Chuck Northcutt

    AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to go driving through there again!

  • Daniel Sutter

    I will miss the old one lane bridge, worrying if the guy coming in the other direction knows his car size.

  • stargazer2012

    Many people on Ford Rd. are not happy with this re-opening. Since Ford Rd. went from a gravel country road to a paved road, it has become a ‘speedway’ where it has become dangerous just to walk across the road to get your mail or newspaper. This road winds through the Metro Parks and the speed limit should be no faster than 25 mph to keep it safe for the residents who live on Ford Rd. who like to walk and bike down to High Meadows or Bur Oak.

  • Zen Grouch

    I love the low profile design!

    Now drunken speeders can just careen off the roadway into oblivion, without causing serious damage to the bridge.

  • Daniel Sutter

    Very impressed with the bridge and the landscaping.

  • Paul A. Schroeter

    I am glad the bridge has reopened, but will miss the quiet loop
    hike I was able to take by walking the trail from High Meadows to Burr Oak,
    then use the closed bridge on Ford Road to cross the river. It was very quiet near
    the bridge on the closed road and I saw deer there. Now I’ll have to watch for