ELYRIA – The Ford Road bridge is opening Friday.
It’s been months – no, years – since the city closed the old bridge because of its poor condition and forced scores of drivers to find alternate routes to get from the city’s north side to the Midway Mall area. All the while, city officials vowed to see that a new, better bridge was constructed to replace the single lane bridge, which dates back to the 1950s.
The promises come to an end Friday.
After a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Holly Brinda and city Engineer Tim Ujvari, the bridge will be reopened to traffic.
Construction on the bridge started in early spring. The new two-lane, 263-foot bridge is going up just north of the old bridge. It has a price tag of $3.1 million.
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