The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

April 17, 2014

Route 20 bridge topic of meeting in North Kingsville

NORTH KINGSVILLE — Officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation will attend a meeting this afternoon in North Kingsville to discuss the Route 20 bridge that links the village to Conneaut, slated to close for many months next year.

The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in North Kingsville’s municipal building at 3541 E. Center St. (North Kingsville).

At issue is the four-lane bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway tracks slated to be replaced in 2015. The bridge will be closed for 300 days and not expected to reopen until November 2015, according to ODOT’s District 4 construction report issued last week.

Today’s meeting follows a session held at village hall last week. Officials and residents are worried the bridge closure will compromise police, fire and ambulance response time to emergencies. Also, some business owners are worried about the financial impact of the prolonged shutdown.

Local traffic can use a variety of side streets and roads to bypass the construction site. Commercial trucks will be directed to state routes and Interstate 90. Access will be maintained to Industry Road, home to Lukjan Metal Products.

The contract is scheduled to be sold in November, and the bridge could close a short time later, officials have said. The estimated total project cost is $15.2 million.

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