Why is the Pomeroy to Mason Bridge Taking So Long?

By: Dave Benton Email
By: Dave Benton Email

Three years down, two more years to go-- We're talking about the bridge under construction that will link Pomeroy, Ohio to Mason, West Virginia.

Traffic moves slowly across the old Pomeroy Bridge, while crews continue to work on the new structure, nearby business owners said the slow progress isn't helping them.

“It seems like there are days when the bridge is held-up and we're a lot slower,” Tiffani Stewart of Mason said.

The $45 million project began in 2004 and a spokesperson with the Department on of Highways says the nature of the design and several change orders are causing delays.

Pieces of equipment used to pour concrete and give the bridge its shape still need to be shipped from China.

Bobbie Stewart works at Ewe and Me Primitives Craft Store and says the sooner crews can get the job done, the better.

“I don't like to come across it. One time I had to wait an hour to get across the light,” Bobbi Stewart said.

It's a project crews say will take time for progress. The Department of Highways expects the bridge to be complete by late 2008 or early 2009.

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