The Clinton Street bridge, which carries state Route 15/18/66 over the Maumee River in downtown Defiance, was reopened today following a dedication ceremony.
The bridge was closed in February during a project which completely replaced the bridge.
The city of Defiance held the ceremony to officially mark the reopening, and to designate the structure as the Purple Heart Bridge. Providing remarks during the ceremony were Bryan Mack, Purple Heart recipient and Defiance County commissioner; Dr. Jack Marchbanks, ODOT director; and Mike McCann, mayor of Defiance.
"Everyone who worked on this project deserves praise for staying on schedule. Mother Nature and the mighty Maumee didn’t always help us, but our crews, the contractors, and sub-contractors all worked hard to keep things moving forward. We should all be grateful for their efforts," said Marchbanks.
The $8.3 million project included:
- Complete replacement of the bridge, including the existing piers in the river. The new bridge includes wider sidewalks, bike lanes and aesthetic treatments.
- Installation of a shared use path under the bridge to connect Pontiac Park with the grounds on the north side of the bridge. The path is a continuation of an earlier project which widened the shoulders for bicycle and pedestrian use along county Road 424 (River Drive).
- Reconstruction of the roadway from High Street to First Street. Portions of River Drive and Fort Street were also reconstructed.
Work on the bridge will continue through the summer. Lane restrictions will occur outside of morning and evening rush.
Great Lakes Construction, Hinckley, is the general contractor for the project.