ODOT to close Brookpark Road bridge for $4.9 million railing and deck project
By John Benson, special to cleveland.com
FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio – Beginning Aug. 1, the Brookpark Road bridge will be closed while ODOT completes a $4.9 million project to replace a deteriorating railing and ongoing deck issues.
“We brought the bridge to ODOT’s attention,” Fairview Park Mayor Eileen Ann Patton said. “We’re very pleased they responded to our requests to look at the bridge, which is very important to Fairview Park.
“It’s a major thoroughfare that gets people to the airport and the workers to NASA. This will change people’s lives for 90 days. People will have to have lots of patience, but the project is needed.”
ODOT District 12 Public Information Officer Marissa McDaid said drivers will be detoured via Clague Road, I-480 and Grayton Road.
The work, which began in May with the closing of one lane in each direction to replace the railing, also involves a short-term closure of Valley Parkway when work is occurring above the roadway. At that point, motorists will be detoured via Brookway Boulevard, W. 220th Street, Mastick Road and Shepard Lane.
“The city of Fairview Park approached ODOT in 2016 about a potential project to repair the railings on the Brookpark Road bridge,” McDaid said. “They had gotten pretty rusted and rather than painting over the rust, it was decided that longevity-wise it would be best to replace them.
“The Ohio Revised Code’s home rule states that cities and other municipalities maintain roads within their boundaries as they see fit. Because of this rule, ODOT typically only does larger bridge rehabilitation projects, leaving pothole patching, lighting replacement and other smaller jobs up to the city.”
She said after discussions between ODOT’s Deputy Director Myron S. Pakush, Mayor Patton and Fairview Park Director of Public Service and Development Shawn Leininger, the decision was made to replace the railings and perform a bridge deck overlay. The Brookpark Road bridge was built in 1933.
“This deck repair will extend the life of the structure and help out the city by eliminating some of the recurring potholes over the bridge that they must repeatedly spend resources to patch,” McDaid said.
“Oftentimes we have to balance how much traffic we want to maintain within a work zone versus how quickly we want a project to be completing. By agreeing to let crews temporarily close the road, we aim to complete the project by the end of October.”