It’s not a rumor. The new bridge on State Route 51 in the Village of Elmore will open this month, three weeks ahead of schedule.
A lot of hard work, a period of mostly favorable weather, and a $180,000 incentive for the contractor to kick it in high gear is how the Ohio Department of Transportation got to an early opening.
After a successful deck pour in mid-June, work has progressed well on the project. The concrete railing on the inside of the bridge has been completed, and the intermediate layer of asphalt leading up to the bridge is in place.
The intermediate layer of asphalt is the layer below the final driving surface. The last of the concrete for the overlooks was completed 10 days ago. Topsoil began to be put in place last week, as well.
Construction of the “moment slabs” have also been completed. The “moment slabs” essentially reinforce the barrier wall and keep it from toppling over should it be struck by a vehicle.