In the on again, off again saga of the Middlebury Road bridge over the Cuyahoga River, I’ve been advised by the County Engineer’s Office that the contractor has now received all the necessary permits to fix the bridge so the bridge will officially be closed December 1, 2008. From that start date the contractor has 180 days to repair the bridge which would mean the bridge would be re-opened for traffic by Friday, May 29, 2009. So you’ll want to avoid Middlebury Road for the next 6 months or so. It’s inconvient but inconvenience beats bridge failure every time.
I looked around through the City files to see if we ever had a bridge collapse here in Kent but nothing popped up in my search. I saw some impressive flooding pictures from the turn of the century on the Kent Historical Society web site that made bridges temporarily useless but still no bridge failures. There’s also a compelling photo on the wall inside the Record Courier building here in Kent that showed a bridge failure but the folks in the room thought that photo was somewhere in the county rather than in Kent.
Since we’re on the topic of bridges the Kent Historical Society has some great shots of old time bridges in Kent. Here’s a few examples of what you’ll find in their photo gallery. It’s definitely worth a visit to their site and I know that they’re working on selling these images if you’re interested in a Kent keepsake.
I actually still had kept a photo of a bridge collapse in my last City so that’s the best I can offer. I guess it’s good sign when you can’t find a bridge collapse photo for your city so I won’t complain.