Bridge Work to Shut Down Stretch of Indianola Avenue for Six Months
A major rehabilitation of the Indianola Avenue bridge over Glen Echo Ravine will soon shut down traffic in both directions on the street for six months.
Starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 10, no cars or pedestrians will be able to travel across the bridge, which sits just north of Arcadia Avenue and straddles the border between Clintonville and Old North Columbus.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is in the process of posting detour signs that will direct cars around the bridge via Arcadia Avenue, High Street, and Weber Road. A pedestrian detour uses Calumet and Olentangy streets.
The project will replace deteriorating concrete on the bridge walls and repair the underside of the grand arch visible from the ravine’s floor. That is also the location of a large mural depicting dozens of native birds.
Tim Lai, who designed the mural with his wife Eliza Ho, said that the plan is to repaint the mural after the project is complete.
“We may take the opportunity to update the design of the bird mural and give it a more modern look,” he said. “It probably won’t be exactly like the original, but will definitely still be local birds.”
Nina Thomson, of the Glen Echo Neighbors Civic Association, said that paint for the new mural will be provided by the contractor as part of the overall bridge project.
Also included within the scope of the project is a new driving surface over the bridge, a repaired staircase leading down to the ravine, and new railings along each side of the bridge.
The new railings will be “more historically accurate to the structure” than the current railings, said ODOT spokesperson Nancy Burton. The current railings were installed in 1965 and resemble those found along highway overpasses.
Burton said that the replacement railings will be closer in design to those along the Indianola Avenue bridge over Iuka Ravine, south of Lane Avenue.