DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Third Street Bridge in Dayton is now closed fot the next two years. Construction crews will begin the process of replacing it, Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner announced Monday.
“We ask that motorists follow the posted detour signs and use caution when traveling, especially in the first few weeks when people are still learning how to go around the construction site,” Gruner said. “All area businesses, bicyclists and motorists will benefit from this upgrade. The project will consist of replacing the shallow, original foundation, which was built in 1904 and suffered a partial collapse in 1929, and will expand the width of the structure to accommodate more traffic.”
The $18.5 million project will expand to the bridge to include five lanes instead of the current four lanes, 10′-wide sidewalks on the north side, and 17′-wide sidewalks on the south side.
“The new bridge will serve as a symbol that ties the two sides of Dayton together,” Gruner said. “It will record the successes of the past, and depict the hopes of the future.”
However, not everyone is looking forward to the closure.
One resident 2 NEWS spoke with the day of the closure said shutting down the entire bridge would serve as an inconvenience for people like her who travel on foot. While a detour for a driver may not take as long, she said having to walk over to the next bridge would be unfair for pedestrians.
“Especially seniors. I mean c’mon now. It’s the quickest way to downtown for people on the west side of the city.”
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