Ohio to close suspension bridge for $50M overhaul

6:49 AM, Apr 16, 2012   |    comments
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TOLEDO, Ohio -- Transportation officials say the only remaining suspension bridge in Ohio's state highway network will be closed for two years for a $50 million overhaul that's likely to begin next year.

The 81-year-old bridge links Toledo with cities on the other side of the Maumee River in northwestern Ohio.

The Blade reports the appearance of the main section won't change much, but the approach spans on both sides will be replaced.

An Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman says those spans need to be replaced because they don't have the features necessary to prevent a collapse if certain parts of them were to break.

The planned work also includes replacing the decks, repairing cables and removing corrosion from bridge supports.

The last major repairs on the bridge were in 1998.

The Associated Press

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