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Highway department busy with many summer projects

Cary Ashby • Aug 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Construction crews will start rehab work Monday on the sandstone arch bridge on Ridge Road in Bronson Township.

“The road will be closed starting Monday,” Huron County Engineer Lee Tansey said. “We will reopen the road for fair week. The main closure will be next week.”

After the Huron County Fair — Aug. 13 through 18 — there will be occasional closures on Ridge Road.

The bridge was built in 1890 and the rehab project will cost between $50,000 and $80,000.

The engineer’s office and highway department will have a booth at the fair under the grandstands.

“We’re going to have guessing games and giving away T-shirts. We are targeting kids,” Tansey said. “We will have different construction materials on display.”

The guessing games are about engineering and construction projects.

“Currently we are working on Fitchville River Road between (Ohio) 18 and (U.S.) 20,” Tansey said, referring to a bridge deck replacement project. “The bridge is done now. … We took the old deck off and put on the new deck.”

The Wakeman Township project cost about $60,000.

“Our county work forces project did that,” Tansey said.

That portion of Fitchville River Road also will be resurfaced at a price tag of about $17,500. The one-day job is expected to be started and completed Aug. 11.

“We will done by dark,” Tansey said. “Erie Blacktop is doing that.”

Also currently happening now is the culvert replacement on Pontiac Section Line Road in Sherman Township.

“The guys just paved the footers (Friday),” Tansey said.

Estimated to cost $90,000, the project should be completed in about “four more weeks,” the engineer added.

Nearly two weeks ago, crews finished resurfacing Washington Road from River to Drake roads in Ridgefield Township. The one-week project cost $290,000. Tansey said the last time Washington Road was resurfaced was in 2002.

Also, the engineer said his department has 20 more miles of chip-and-seal work to do. Throughout the summer, crews will address cracked ceilings and do pavement repair on various roads. 

“We are scattered about the county doing that,” Tansey said.

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