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Details murky on Rattlesnake Creek project

Scott Seitz2 • Jun 25, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Details remain sketchy about the upcoming Rattlesnake Creek bridge replacement project.

The bridge, which is located on U.S. 250 between Milan and Norwalk, will be replaced by Mosser Construction, from Fremont, which was awarded the bid at an amount of $1.57 million.

According to e-mail correspondence between Norwalk city hall and the Ohio Department of Transportation, the project might begin after Labor Day 2010 with a target completion date of April 15, 2011.

Neither city hall of the Huron County engineer's office has seen many details on the project.

"No plans, not yet," said Carl Essex, engineer's office administrative assistant.

"I haven't seen any plans," said Josh Snyder, Norwalk public works director.

"I don't know much more than Mosser Construction was awarded the contract and there is supposed to be a meeting set sometime in the future that I'd like to attend," Snyder said.

"This project has been kept well under wraps," Essex said. "It kind of came out of nowhere.

"But Mosser Construction are top-flight contractors," Essex said. "They also built the New London railroad overpass at a cost of $4.2 million."

Couldn't the Huron County highway department build the bridge?

"Umm...that's on a federal highway -- that would never happen," Essex said.

"The real concern is the shutting down of U.S. 250 and what that will do to the businesses on the north side of Milan Avenue," he said. "The effect on those businesses is going to be unbelievable."

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