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'Saving a little bit of history,' Standardsburg Bridge opens

Scott Seitz2 • Jan 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

With little fanfare, the Standardsburg Road bridge recently reopened.

"We're saving a little bit of history," Huron County Engineer Joe Kovach said. "We're pretty proud of it. We'd like to have a ribbon-cutting in the spring."

The actual bridge work took about a year to complete.

"It was a couple, three years to organize the funding and put the plans together," Kovach added.

The bridge was originally built in 1926.

"We had some bridge bearing concerns," Kovach said about why the project took a year.

"We had to adjust the bearing devices because they were worse off than we thought," he said. "Those were tough to inspect until we got the bridge apart and they turned out to be very corroded."

The general contractor on the project was Mid-Ohio Structures from Norwalk.

"Mid-Ohio Structures was very professional," Kovach said. "I'd hire them again in a minute. They did an excellent job."

The bridge was taken apart in sections.

"It was sent to Ohio Bridge and galvanized and sandblasted," Kovach said.

Kovach said the bottom part of the bridge is new and tied to the existing truss members.

"And the rivets were replaced with high-strength bolts," he added. "It was really a rehabilitation rather than a restoration and nobody uses rivets anymore.

"The contractor did a nice job of hiding them," Kovach said about the bolts. "If you're a bridge person, you can see them."

Before the project, the bridge could handle loads between 10 and 20 tons, the engineer said.

"Now, it can carry 40 tons," Kovach said.

Through-truss bridges like Standardsburg are uncommon.

"There's really only two in Huron County," Kovach said. "There's Standardsburg and one on Sand Hill Road. The Blue Bridge on Lamoraux Road could be considered a third one, but that really is a fake truss. There is a bridge inside of that truss."

The Standardsburg project could about $900,000 and was paid for with federal funds.

"To totally replace the bridge would have cost a couple million," Kovach said.

Kovach said the bridge only sees about 400 vehicles per day and maybe only 150 during the winter.

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