Somewhat hen advised us: The brand new Marburg Avenue Bridge connecting Hyde Park and Oakley will open Saturday, Sept. sixteen.

With a ribbon-slicing at three p.m. no much less, per a Tweet from the town of Cincinnati.

There was some complaining when the Queen Metropolis introduced it was closing the 86-yr-previous bridge at Wasson Street to vehicular visitors and pedestrians March 20 and that it might take as much as six months to tear down the previous bridge and construct a brand new one.

However the $2.1 million job is clocking in on time, ending weeks of detours and delays.

The Marburg Avenue Bridge spans a ravine over former Norfolk & Southern Railway strains simply south of the intersection with Wasson Street in Hyde Park, connecting densely populated residential and business areas in that neighborhood and Oakley.

The previous bridge, product of strengthened concrete, was inbuilt 1931 and widened within the early Nineteen Sixties. On the time it was closed, it was carrying about 14,000 automobiles a day.

It additionally was categorized as “structurally poor” and in “poor” situation with a score of four on a scale of zero to 9, based on nationwide bridge inspection requirements.

The Marburg Avenue Bridge is owned by Hamilton County and maintained by the town of Cincinnati by contractual settlement. It’s one in every of 26 such county bridges inside the metropolis limits.

The new bridge, which was financed with state and federal grants, is made of concrete. It has an improved grade, 8-foot wide sidewalks on both sides and decorative railings and graphics related to the local area.

On Friday, Sept. 15, construction worker Donald Spencer of Mount Healthy, who works for the John R. Jurgensen Co., greeted a visitor to the job site.

“Are you ready for your bridge to open?” Spencer said.

“We are, too!”

Want to know more about what is happening in Hyde Park and Oakley? Follow me on Twitter @jeannehouck.

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