The Ohio Department of Transportation District Two awarded the I-280 Trench Project Sept. 4. This is the final contract of the I-280 Veterans’ Glass City Skyway, the single largest project in ODOT history.
Posen Construction Inc. of Shelby Township, Mich., has been awarded the contract, which will fill in more than 500,000 cu. yds. (382,200 cu m) of dirt below the cable stay bridge.
The bid was $21.2 million, 28.04 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate of $29.5 million. Work will begin in October and the project’s completion date is late fall 2010.
In addition to filling the existing I-280 trench, Front and Summit streets in Toledo will be realigned to intersect with the Craig Bridge. This construction also will require the closure of the Craig Bridge (SR 65) for 240 days.
Under Gov. Strickland, Ohio’s transportation policy focuses on becoming a reliable partner with local communities. Now that the main span of the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway is open to traffic, work will focus on reconnecting the neighborhoods below by reconfiguring local streets and adding pedestrian and bike paths.
District Two Deputy Director David Dysard said of the project, “The construction below the bridge is just as important as the building of the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway. In addition to linking historical Toledo neighborhoods, the area will host Tribute Park, saluting those who sacrificed and labored to make the dream of this northwest Ohio landmark a reality.”