WARREN - Four years after decay and structural concerns caused its closure, the replacement of the abandoned Olive Street bridge is being readied.
Trumbull County commissioners today are ready to approve a contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation, among the last bits of paperwork that let the state do the $6.6 million complete replacement.
Bids will be awarded in mid-December.
The project includes realigning approaches to the bridge and filling in with earth some of the open space below it, which cuts down the actual span to 370 feet, Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith said.
''The bridge itself will be shorter than the old,'' Smith said.
The concrete deck now spans 933 feet over the Mahoning River, joining Niles and McDonald. Other work includes relocating utilities, drainage, grading, pavement markings and signs.
The new bridge will have a life span of about 75 years.
Built in 1920, the bridge now was closed in 2009 after inspections showed it was in poor condition. ODOT spokesman Brent Kovacs said construction will begin in in the spring of 2014 and last about two years.
About $5.2 million to pay for the project is being provided from the Federal Highway Administration and a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission for about $1.3 million, which provides for the local match, Smith said.