Hi Level bridge now closed for repairs

At 7 a.m. this morning the Anthony Wayne Bridge was closed. The Ohio Department of Transportation announced last month that the bridge would be closed for 19 months so that repairs could be made to the 83-year-old structure. East Toledo resident Jeffrey Smith walks routinely walked from his home to downtown Toledo via the Anthony Wayne Bridge. "They need to revamp the bridge because it is scary to cross; it seems to wobble in the wind," Mr. Smith said.

The project will cost $28.7 million. Work includes redecking the bridge, replacing the existing truss end spans, rehabilition of the existing substructures, new street lighting and rebuilding the sidewalks, railings and fence. The work is expected to be finished in September 2015.

ODOT has erected detour signs along Oak Street, Fassett Street and Miami Street directing vehicles to the Cherry Street bridge which leads into downtown Toledo.