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Another Delay For Ironton-Russell Bridge

By: Michael Wooten Email
By: Michael Wooten Email

If you've ever driven across the Ironton-Russell Bridge, you know it needs replaced.

But now, NewsChannel 3 has learned the multi-million dollar project has been put on hold, yet again.

The bridge was built back in the early 1920s.

Because of its age and condition, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) first said it needed replaced back in 2000.

In the past 7 years, the project has faced delay after delay.

First it was funding, and now the new design of the bridge is taking time.

In the end, ODOT says it will be 10 more years until a new bridge is completed, and that has drivers like Lowell Bays concerned.

"It's a little bit scary," Bays said. "I've been going across that bridge about all my life. I was going across that bridge when actually there was a toll there where they charged you to go across the bridge."

That was 35 years ago.

Right now, ODOT is in the process of hiring a consulting firm to design the plans for the new bridge.

In the meantime, repairs are being done to the current bridge to make sure it's safe for traffic.


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