Wednesday, July 25, 2012
After three years of construction for Fairchild Bridge, life is finally returning to normal for motorists and area businesses.
The pesky orange barrels and huge signs that have seemed a permanent part of the S.R. 43 landscape near the Fairchild Avenue Bridge are finally going away after three long years of construction. All lanes of S.R. 43, or North Mantua Street, are expected to reopen today as the project moves into its final stages. That should be a big relief for the 23,000 motorists that drive through the intersection daily (according to 2009 traffic data from AMATS). That also means the left-turn traffic signal allowing vehicles access to the new Fairchild bridge from southbound S.R. 43 will be restored. Kent Police officers have issued hundreds of tickets to drivers making an illegal turn at the intersection. Kent City Engineer Jim Bowling said Tuesday …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The razing of the old span progressed as workers dismantled the road deck Tuesday
The slow demolition of the Crain Avenue Bridge continued Tuesday as workers tediously peeled back pieces of the road deck that let cars and trucks drive over the Cuyahoga River for about four decades. The demolition is part of the Fairchild Avenue Bridge project. Demolition work actually started in mid November when workers started digging up parts of the bridge to find utility lines connected to the under side of the span.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Workers begin process of locating utility lines, dismantling old bridge
Work is under way to demolish the Crain Avenue Bridge, which closed to traffic late last month when the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge opened a few hundred feet south. Crews are preparing to demolish the span, built in the 1960s, by first finding all the utility lines — such as water and sewer mains — that engineers attached to the bridge decades ago to get the lines across the Cuyahoga River. Workers will begin dismantling the bridge deck and supports once all the lines have been identified and the utility companies give the OK.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This story is the fourth in a series about Kent's changing landscape
Kent's new courthouse The search for a new courthouse finally came to an end in early August, when Portage County officials agreed to swap land with the city for the new location. The courthouse will eventually occupy the land at 303 E. Main St., where Jimmy John's Sandwich Shop stands. Jimmy John's will stay in Kent, but it will be forced to move elsewhere. Here are some numbers about the new courthouse project: In an early August interview, Portage County Commisioner Tommie Jo Marsilio, who opposed the land swap idea, said the project needed to be in the better interest of the community before she could support it. "Ultimately the taxpayers in the city of Kent and Portage County are not going to lose," Marsilio said. "My keen …
Friday, August 19, 2011
Kent City Council votes to honor Kent's fallen heroes
Kent's newest park will be named to honor the city's veterans. Kent City Council voted this week to name the park area that will be created beneath the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge and the pedestrian bridge that will replace the Crain Avenue Bridge "Veterans' Memorial Park." In addition, a section of The Portage Hike and Bike Trail that runs from the Crain Avenue and Lake Street intersection to a trailhead in the River Bend subdivision will also bear the same name. The new pedestrian bridge will be built next year after the existing Crain Avenue Bridge is demolished. Council voted Wednesday to name the park and trail section after getting a letter the same day from Kent Parks and Recreation Department Director John Idone. The parks board …
Monday, July 25, 2011
The bridge closed July 20
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Monday, July 25, 2011
The Crain Avenue bridge opened up to traffic again today after being closed since July 20. Kent City Engineer Jim Bowling said construction went according to plan and thanked residents for their patience. "We appreciate everyone's patience in enduring this project," Bowling said. "It had to be done." The bridge closed so workers could finish the final elevation raise for the ABC Railroad tracks, which run parallel to North Water Street and serve the Star of the West Mill in downtown Kent. "The original plans called for incremental raising of the rail lines without shutting down the Crain Avenue Bridge," Bowling told Patch in a previous article. "However, due to numerous factors including coordination with the railroads, underground …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The bridge will be closed to traffic until July 25
The Crain Avenue Bridge closes to traffic today so construction crews can finish work to raise the ABC Railroad tracks, which cross the bridge's eastern landing point. The bridge will be closed at least until Monday, July 25. For more information, contact the city's engineering department or read our previous story.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Construction on the ABC Railroad tracks will force the closure of the bridge until Monday, July 25
Construction for the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge will force the closure of its neighbor starting Wednesday. The Crain Avenue Bridge will close until Monday, July 25, so workers can finish the final elevation raise for the ABC Railroad tracks, which run parallel to North Water Street and serve the Star of the West Mill in downtown Kent. Detours will be posted. Kent City Engineer Jim Bowling said in a citywide memo the bridge must be closed because the tracks cross its eastern landing point. "The original plans called for incremental raising of the rail lines without shutting down the Crain Avenue Bridge," Bowling said. "However, due to numerous factors including coordination with the railroads, underground utilities, hazardous materials and…