ELYRIA - The work will be loud and will be done during the early morning hours Wednesday, but city officials said the commotion will be worth it because the Ford Road bridge project will move closer to completion.
City Engineer Tim Ujvari said the incessant beeps from the caravan of cement trucks as it snake its way down Ford Road toward the construction site will start much earlier than residents likely will want - roughly 3 a.m. - but it's necessary for this step of the project.
"Construction workers will be pouring the bridge deck and when doing that kind of work it's best to do it in as controlled a climate as possible," Ujvari said. "The plan is to start early and wrap up in about four to six hours, weather permitting. If it rains, it will get pushed back 24 hours."
Once the bridge decking is poured, the concrete will be water cured, which Ujvari said will help with the longevity of the bridge.
There still are several more weeks of work to be done on the bridge before it is paved and open to residents.
The project continues to run on schedule and is set to wrap up toward the end of fall.
Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka said emergency services have been made aware of the work that likely will block traffic on Ford Road for several hours. Neighbors who live closest to the project or who will be affected more by the early morning work will receive a notice to their homes.
Construction on the bridge, known by many as a convenient shortcut between Elyria's north side and the Midway Mall area, started in early spring.
The new two-lane, 263-foot bridge is going up just north of the old bridge, which dated to the 1950s. It is being erected over the Black River near the entrance to the Lorain County Metro Parks
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