Construction on the Monroe Street bridge has officially begun

Construction on the Monroe Street bridge has officially begun

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Your trip through west Toledo is going to be a little bit more complicated for the next 3 months.

The Monroe Street bridge between Douglas and Secor Roads is now closed at the I-475 overpass.

The project, due to wrap up by August, is aimed at repairing the deck on the structure, which is about 50 years old—living out its life span.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, 18,000 cars and trucks use this bridge every day.

ODOT also said the bridge is nearing the end of its life cycle.

Crews are not building a new bridge, but instead working on replacing the bridge deck and the concrete median.

While the bridge is closed, drivers will still be able to get off on I-475 West to get onto Monroe Street.

However, be aware that there could be nighttime lane closures on I-475 under the bridge.

Scott Winkler lives right near the construction project and has already noticed amped up traffic in his neighborhood with people using his street as a detour.

"Right now it's not that bad, but I can't wait for tonight for rush hour. It's probably going to be horrendous," said Winkler.

"Short term pain, long term gain for the traveling public. We understand that. Patience, we ask for your patience," said Dan Kelsey, Project Engineer for ODOT.

With the ultimate goal today being setting up the detour, closing roads, removing guard rails and milling off the surface, ODOT hopes to make a noticeable dent by the end of next week.

"Next week, hopefully, we'll be removing the deck," said Kelsey.

Their goal is to have the project wrapped up no later than August, right before kids head back to school, as it's an extremely busy road for school bus drivers.

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