Dodridge Street Bridge Replacement Notice
Project to require the closure of Dodridge Street and the Olentangy Trail
beneath the bridge early this summer
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: www.franklincountyengineer.org
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 www.cota.com or calling
COTA Customer Service at (614) 228-1776.