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Standardsburg Road bridge dedicated to late designer

Scott Seitz • Jul 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Huron County officials dedicated the Standardsburg Road bridge to the late Wade Harvey on Tuesday afternoon.

Harvey, who died in 2010, passed away during the final stages of this project.

For 39 years, he was a devoted bridge engineer, not only to designing safe, durable, aesthetically pleasing and economical replacement structures, but equally devoted to restoring structures to preserve their historic and community values, said Joe Kovach, Huron County engineer.

“Wade recognized in the early planning stages the high potential to save the Standardsburg Road truss bridge,” Kovach added.

“He performed the initial load rating analysis, which identified the limiting capacity bridge members,” he said. “He evaluated alternate floor systems with options to lighten the floor loads and ways to strengthen or replace the controlling members so that the bridge could once again carry full legal truck loads.”

Harvey was from the Youngstown area.

“As the design work progressed, Wade was succumbing to the advanced effects of cancer,” Kovach said. “Battling through the cancer treatments, he continued developing comprehensive details and maintained a watchful eye over the design team preparing the rehabilitation plans.

“Wade ultimately lost his battle to cancer Sept. 5, 2010 and the bridge plans that were so close to completion were finished,” the engineer added.

The project began in 2005 with the planning stage and the bridge was open to traffic on Nov. 29, 2012.

The bridge was originally built in 1926.

The rehabilitation project included dismantling (rivet removal) the truss and shipping it to a fabricator where deteriorated truss members, including the stringers, floor beams and bottom cords were rehabbed or replaced. All steel members were then cleaned and galvanized.

The rehabbed truss members were then shipped back to the site where the bridge was reassembled piece by piece back together on to the rehabilitated existing abutments.

The project also included replacement of the pin rocker bearings with new elastomeric bearing pads, a new waterproofed wooded floor system with asphalt wearing surface, new bridge rails and approach roadway guardrails, along with minor improvements to the existing wing walls and approach roadway drainage systems.

The bridge now carries Ohio legal loads.

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