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Rock Road Bridge Demolition Delayed

Story By: Greg Heindel

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  Original Published: 12/7/2012

The Rock Road bridge demolition was supposed to start this week.

But no equipment arrived and no work was done.

The project has been delayed because the contractor, Abundant Services in Cleveland, did not submit a soil erosion management plan to the Ohio EPA.

That will hold-up work for weeks, if not months.

Ontario Mayor Larry Collins says the city wanted to give inconvenienced and frustrated residents a Christmas present and have the bridge torn down and Rock Road re-opened this winter, if only as a one-lane road.

Now he and city council are in favor of waiting until spring to do the entire project, correctly and safely, and have it be something everyone can be proud of.

The erosion management plan calls for grass seed to be planted to prevent soil was sliding into the road and a nearby stream.

But grass doesn't grow in the winter.

And Rock Road cannot be widened until spring because the asphalt companies are closed for the winter.

The Civil War era sandstone bridge was hit by a truck sixteen-and-a-half months ago.

   
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