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Elmore bridge replacement

Bridge Preservation

Project Status

  1. Proposed

  2. In Development

  3. Pre-construction

  4. Construction

  5. Completion

About the project

The project will replace the state Route 51 (Toledo Street) bridge over the Portage River in the village of Elmore. Construction on the $6.5 million project is expected to begin in February 2020 and continue through November 2020.


January 2020: Intermittent lane closures begin on the bridge for prep work.

February 2020: Working causeway installed across the Portage River. Access to the river will be restricted, and recreational use of the river in the area will be prohibited.

Mid-March 2020: The bridge will close for approximately five months for complete replacement. Vehicular traffic will be detoured onto state Route 51, U.S. 20 and state Route 105 back to state Route 51. Bicyclists and pedestrian traffic will be detoured onto the North Coast Inland Trail.

Additional closures of state Route 51 between Rice Street and the bridge, as well as between state Route 105 and the bridge, will occur.

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Elmore bridge footage

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Recreational detours

Recreational detours are in place within the Portage River around the Elmore bridge project. The river is closed to recreational traffic through Oct. 1, 2020. Entrance and exit points to the river around the closure are as follows. Additional documentation of these detours is located here.

  • Trail Marker Park - 308 S. Cherry Street, Woodville, OH 43469
    • Improved portage is on the north side of the river (river left), just upstream of the Cherry Street/Lueke Avenue Bridge
  • Harry Witty Park - 358 Harris Street, Elmore, OH 43416
    • Primitive portage is on the south side of the river (river right), just upstream of the Toledo Street/state Route 51/the Elmore bridge. This will be the last option for paddlers headed downstream.
  • Riverbend Park - At the end of Merle Harder Boulevard
    • Primitive portage is on the south side of the river (river right), approximately 2/3 mile downstream of the bridge. This is the last option for paddlers headed upstream. 

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