Salem bridge, closed since July, reopens

salem ohio bridge reopening


SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – The West State Street overpass in Salem is finally open to motorists.

Amanda Smith was one of the first to take a ride over the span Friday morning, just minutes after the ribbon cutting. It was closed back in July for a $3 million bridge deck replacement.

“It’s a little past due being finished, but things happen,” said Salem resident Rich Cranmer.

ODOT was in charge and funded the project.

Dave Cranmer was at Friday’s ceremony and said his father, former mayor Dean Cranmer, wanted to make sure safety vehicles weren’t held up by the train. The new bridge will take traffic over that busy rail line.

The bridge will be named for Dean Cranmer, and Dave said it lives up to his father’s legacy.

“He was a progressive mayor, took care of the streets and took care of the people and served for many years as the mayor of the city,” said Dave Cranmer.

The bridge is expected to last at least 50 years.

The project did hit a snag early on when a collapse of rebar occurred back in August, sending 150-yards of wet concrete tumbling to the ground below.

Ten workers were on the bridge when forms underneath gave way, putting the project about a week behind.

The contractor plans to come back in the spring to complete work on the sidewalks and finish up some painting. Work will continue on the bridge until early next year.

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