Portage County to close Main Street Bridge in Kent for 75 days this summer

By Thomas Gallick | Staff Writer Published:

Portage County is accepting bids for an $800,000 project to rehabilitate a section of Kent's Main Street Bridge -- an effort expected to close the span for more than two months this summer.

The county will replace the existing beams and deck of the 37-foot single span structure over the CSX Railroad tracks.

Scott Miller, an assistant engineer for Portage County, said the county plans to begin work on the project sometime between Aug. 1 and Aug. 15.

Miller said the work will close the entire bridge for approximately 75 days, but the work will not focus on the 1877 stone arch structure.

Although the two are connected, the section of the bridge being replaced is considered a separate structure from the stone arch bridge.

"(The) cut stone arches that go over the Cuyahoga River, that's not being touched," Miller said.

The county will put up signs for a detour, which will advise drivers to use S.R. 43 and the Fairchild Avenue Bridge for the duration of the construction project. Pedestrians will be able to use the Main Street Bridge throughout the closure.

Miller said the county worked with the city of Kent to make sure the project did not interfere with the Fairchild Avenue Bridge project or downtown redevelopment project. The city will not contribute funding to the Main Street Bridge rehabilitation project because the county owns the bridge and is responsible for its maintenance.

He said 95 percent of the funding for the project will come from the federal government, with a 5 percent match coming from Portage County.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1126

or tgallick@recordpub.com

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