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Anthony Wayne Bridge closes for major reconstruction project

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Anthony Wayne Bridge has begun a 19-month reconstruction project by closing to vehicle and pedestrian traffic just after 6 a.m. Monday. 

ODOT awarded the $28.7 million improvement project to the E.S. Wagner Company of Oregon. Work includes redecking the bridge, replacing the existing truss end spans, rehabilitation of the existing substructures, new street lighting, as well as rebuilding the sidewalks, railings and fence. 

Following the closure, lane restrictions will be put in place for an additional construction season for painting.

The closure will force drivers to find a new way around the city. Drivers who use the bridge to drive to work are worried travel will become even more difficult. We knew it was coming, but it's still hard for travelers, especially those on the east side.

Suggested detour: Oak Street, Fassett Street, Miami Street, I-75, Anthony Wayne Trail (Exit 201B), Monroe Street, Summit Street.

David Simms lives on the east side and has walked over the High Level Bridge since he was a child. He walks where he needs to go, so the closure will definitely be an inconvenience.

"You have to go all out the way to get to where you're going. I used to like going up there because I like the high bridge, you know, I'm just, you know, one of them people that like that. But, it's kinda good they're gonna repair it," said Simms.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says they expect the bridge to remain closed until September 2015, which the project being completed around December 2015, weather permitting.

Keep in mind, the next 10 days, the Craig Memorial Bridge will remain closed, causing even more of a traffic headache.

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