18th Street Bridge to Come Down as 70/71 Split Work Continues
Work is set to begin soon on the demolition and replacement of the 18th Street Bridge near Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Starting February 10th, the bridge will be open for southbound traffic only – northbound traffic will be directed to Livingston Avenue and then over to Parsons Avenue.
Southbound access will be maintained throughout the project, which is expected to run through the end of September. The bridge will be taken down one half at a time, similar to the process used to replace the Long and Spring Street bridges between downtown and the Near East Side.
According to Nancy Burton of the Ohio Department of Transportation, the new 18th Street Bridge will feature two southbound lanes and a center turn lane. It will also have some amenities the current bridge does not, like sidewalks on both sides measuring over ten feet wide, wrought-iron fencing, and a four-foot wide planter between the sidewalk and the fencing.
Work on Parsons – which will be reconfigured to pass underneath I-70 – will likely not start until 2017 at the earliest. That work is part of Phase 2D, which will also include new bridges at Main and Grant Streets.
More information on the 70/71 Split is available at www.dot.state.oh.us/projects/7071/.
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Renderings provided by ODOT.