Dodridge Street Bridge Replacement Notice

Project to require the closure of Dodridge Street and the Olentangy Trail
beneath the bridge early this summer

Dear Neighbor,
Replacement of the Dodridge Street Bridge, spanning the 
Olentangy River, will require the roadway and the Olentangy

Trail, which passes beneath the bridge, to be closed early this 
summer until September 2012, weather permitting.

The project involves the demolition of the current bridge, built in 
1967, and the construction of a new triple-span, arched, concrete 
girder structure. Architectural enhancements include decorative 
railing and street lighting, and a pier-free river span. 
The Olentangy Trail and embankment retaining wall adjacent to 
the bridge will also be rebuilt. 
Detours routes will be posted for motorists and trail-users (see 
maps). Please watch for electronic message signs that will 
announce the road and trail closure date.

The Franklin County Engineer’s Office will supervise the building 
of this $7.7 million bridge improvement by the J.D. Williamson 
Construction Company. Funding will be provided by the Federal 
Highway Administration, through the County Engineers 
Association of Ohio; Franklin County; and the City of Columbus. 
Thank you for your patience and understanding of our efforts to 
replace the Dodridge Street Bridge. Please travel cautiously 
around our work site for everyone’s safety. 
For additional information, please call Greg Payne at (614) 525-
6035 or visit our website at:

Dean C. Ringle, P.E., P.S.
Franklin County Engineer

The posted detour route for eastbound motorists on Ackerman 
Road/Dodridge Street will follow Olentangy River Road south to

Lane Avenue, east to Neil Avenue, and north to Dodridge Street.
Westbound traffic will follow the detour in the opposite direction.
Learn about COTA bus service changes on the 7 Neil Avenue
and 81 Hudson/Ohio routes by visiting or calling
COTA Customer Service at (614) 228-1776.


  1. At least the city thought to provide a detour for bikes, but I'll miss the cool green ride between Dodridge and Lane.


Post a Comment