BOARDMAN TWP, Ohio (WKBN) – Good news for drivers who used to use a closed-down bridge. ODOT says the Western Reserve Road bridge over I-680 should be ready to reopen sometime next week.
The bridge was closed on June 15 and taken down. It’s been rebuilt from the piers to the pavement. “This bridge was coming to the end of its useful life and it was just time for it to be replaced”, says ODOT District 4 Spokesman Brent Kovacs.
Kovacs says the bridge is also bigger. “Widening it is just to accommodate some wider shoulder so if you do get a flat tire or break down you’ll have a little more room to pull over on that bridge”.
Probably no business has been affected more than the drive-through Dunkin Donuts which is right next to the Road Closed signs. General Manager Mary Galias says business is way down. She says, “Everything has basically been cut in half sales-wise. Car-wise because we have a car count every day (that) says how many customers we have that we’ve waited on”. In fact only one-lane of the two-lane business is being used now.
So the effort to gear back up for more customers presents problems of its own. “But I’m nervous crew-wise”, says Galias. “A lot of kids are going back to school and things like that so I’m kind of stretching it right now, so I’m a little nervous to have both sides open, but I’m confident we can do it. We did it before the bridge closed.”