Contract Awarded For New I-280 Bridge

Editor's Note: this story was first posted on WTOL.COM on February 2, 2002.

TOLEDO -- A Missouri company will build the new Interstate 280 bridge that will cost more than any other bridge in state history, state transportation officials said.

The Ohio Department of Transportation issued its largest contract ever, awarding the $220 million project to Fru-Con Construction Corp. of Baldwin, MO.

The sleek cable-supported bridge will carry Interstate 280 over the Maumee River near downtown Toledo. It will replace one of only four drawbridges in the nation's interstate highway system.

Federal funds will pay for about 80% of the project. Fru-Con's bid was the lowest of four that the transportation department received.

The bridge is scheduled to open in 2004. Business leaders and politicians campaigned for a new bridge for more than a decade, complaining that the drawbridge is a barrier to highway and river traffic.