Road repairs to bridge the gap in Newark

September 16, 2013 by  

Road repairs in Newark, Ohio, may make getting around town a little more difficult for residents. Scheduled to start September 23, a possible difficulty is that the repairs necessitate closing the West Church Street bridge, cutting off easy access between residents on the east side of Raccoon Creek and businesses on the west.

The bridge will be closed for 60 days, with the work scheduled to be performed by Armstrong Steel Erectors, who will replace the sidewalks and deck, which are deteriorating. North 21st Street, which has been under repair and closed to traffic headed north, reopened in time to be designated as the bridge detour route.

Brian Mortellaro is a local franchisee for McDonald’s, and told the Newark Advocate that at least one of his locations will lose customers due to the bridge renovation. He is philosophical, however, and says he understands bridges have to be safe. In addition, he thanked local officials for letting him and other small business people know the plans in advance.

Newark officials decided to close the bridge entirely, rather than doing one side at a time. This way, they will finish the whole project before Thanksgiving, which is the most realistic and safest way to handle repairs, according to Brian Morehead, the city engineer.

Newark officials might work with a brochure or flyer printing company to create a mailer for residents, giving the timetable of repair and mapping any routes to be used as detours.