Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Construction of new bridge to Kramer Fields not expected to be delayed by discovery
Local and state officials say the discovery of mussels living in the Cuyahoga River can clearly be seen as a positive indicator of water quality improvements in the Crooked River. If and how the invertebrates may affect construction of the new bridge from Fred Fuller Park to the Kramer Ball Fields is a bit murkier. Brian Peck, an environmental specialist in the Ohio Department of Transportation's District 4 Office, said the mussels' presence "absolutely" is a good sign of improved water quality in the river. "They’re a pretty sensitive species," Peck said. "There’s a lot of rivers and streams that do not have the mussel species in them they once had." A surveyor for ODOT inspected the area of the river where the old bridge will be …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
City council signs off on initial agreement with ODOT for $1.2 million bridge
The bridge that will replacing the aging, condemend wooden structure that links Kramer Ball Fields to Fred Fuller Park will be replaced in 2013, but not until closer to the end of the year. Kent City Engineer Jim Bowling updated members of Kent City Council briefly on the project Wednesday as council signed off on an initial agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the project. Bowling said the city learned a species of mussels lives in the area of the Cuyahoga River where the new bridge's two pylons will built, and because of the mussels construction cannot take place during their mating season in the warmer months. "So we’re looking at potentially starting construction in November or December to do the work in the river, …
Monday, May 9, 2011
Reopening was delayed due to heavy rainfall last month
Fairchild Avenue will reopen at North Mantua Street (S.R. 43) Thursday after what should have been just a three-week closure. The reopening of the intersection was delayed by two weeks after heavy rains slowed road construction in the area of the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge. Along with Fairchild Avenue, Cuyahoga Street also is scheduled to reopen Thursday at the intersection with North Mantua Street after the same five-week closure. In addition, all five lanes of traffic on North Mantua Street near the new bridge will be open Thursday. The other road closures related to the bridge work on the east side of the Cuyahoga River will remain closed until September.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Wooden structure provides access to Kent parks primary baseball and softball fields
The primary access point to the Kramer Ball Fields at Fred Fuller Park is closed indefinitely. The city announced the closure of the Redmond Bridge, which spans the Cuyahoga River from Stow Street to the ball fields, Friday afternoon. The bridge has been closed for safety reasons due to deterioration of its wooden piers. It's unclear how the bridge closure will affect youth baseball and softball leagues. Look for updates to this story on Kent Patch.