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Bridge work should be finished for school start in Medina

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    Workers from Fabrizi Trucking & Paving Co. are replacing the bridge and culvert on Guilford Boulevard in Medina.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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    The bridge and culvert being replaced on Guilford Boulevard should be completed Aug. 17, city Engineer Patrick Patton said.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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The bridge and culvert being replaced on Guilford Boulevard should be completed Aug. 17, city Engineer Patrick Patton said.

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MEDINA — Unless there are some unforeseen stumbling blocks, Guilford Boulevard, closed since June 6 for a bridge replacement, should be open for the start of the school year.

City Engineer Patrick Patton said the street is set to open Aug. 17, three days before Medina Schools begin the 2018-19 school year.

Heritage Elementary School, 833 Guilford Blvd., is south of the project between East Smith Road and Berkshire Drive.

“It’s on target,” Patton said. “I get asked that a lot. Any unexpected delay, though, might push us back.”

Fabrizi Trucking & Paving Co., of Middleburg Heights, is handling the 63-day project that is replacing the bridge and culvert over Champion Creek that is near Roscoe Ewing Park.

“Hopefully, it will be done (by Aug. 17), which will be quite a relief for the drivers,” Patton said.

There are three major construction projects going on in the city. Besides Guilford, the others are East Smith Road, between South Court and South Broadway streets, and the U.S. Route 42/North Court Street widening project.

“It’s unusual to have that many going on at the same time,” he said.

Patton said the Guilford project will cost a total of $830,000, and the Ohio Department of Transportation, through its municipal bridge program, will pay $605,000.

He said Fabrizi will begin to install several pre-cast sections of the bridge starting July 31.

“It will take shape next week,” Patton said. “If that goes on schedule, we’ll be in good shape. There is a tight schedule. There’s not much wiggle room.”

After the road reopens, landscaping and Champion Creek restoration work remain to be completed.

“There will be some improvements made to the stream,” Patton said.

He said the bridge being replaced was about 40 years old and had sustained significant corrosion.

“It had to be done,” Patton said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.


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