Scranton Road bridge deck being replaced

Cary Ashby • Oct 2, 2019 at 9:34 AM

HARTLAND TOWNSHIP — Huron County crews have begun removing the bridge deck on Scranton Road between Laurel and Hartland Center roads.

Starting Tuesday, Scranton Road will be closed for about five weeks for a bridge deck replacement project. Huron County Engineer Lee Tansey estimated the work will cost $77,000.

“We are doing it with our guys — an in-house project,” he added. 

Construction crews will remove the existing bridge deck, then do some concrete work and install the new concrete bridge deck.

“We made them in early spring,” Tansey said. “It will be 24 feet wide and 28 feet span.”

The proposed work includes replacing the existing steel beams and wooden deck with concrete beams, repairing the existing concrete foundations and minor asphalt, embankment and guardrail work.

“All work (will) be performed by county forces, with the exception of the guardrail being installed by Lake Erie Construction,” Tansey said.

The Scranton Road bridge was built in 1952. Tansey said it receives a “lower end of traffic volume,” compared to other roads in the county.

“It’s mostly local traffic,” said the engineer, who noted there are east-west roads in the area that motorists can use to avoid the construction site. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

The Hartland Township bridge crosses Indian Creek, which ultimately goes into the Vermilion River.

“By the end of the week, the existing bridge deck should be down,” Tansey said. “This time of year, weather becomes an issue.” 

The engineer said the bridge project is a way to get ready for a nearly six-mile, $80,000-plus paving project in the area next year that will go from Hartland Center Road to Old State Road. When Scranton Road crosses U.S. 250, it becomes Peru Olena Road.

“We are looking ahead to that project,” Tansey said.

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