5th Avenue bridge closes for demolition

Preparations are nearly complete, now the 5th Avenue bridge is set to be demolished.
Preparations are nearly complete, now the 5th Avenue bridge is set to be demolished.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The West 5th Avenue bridge over the Scioto River will close on Thursday for demolition and reconstruction.

West 5th Avenue will closed between Dublin Road and Lake Shore Drive.

The City recommends using Trabue Road as an alternate.

“We are investing in a new bridge that will increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists for decades to come,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman.  “This project will add sidewalk and a shared use path where none currently exist on a busy street.”

 The new bridge will be widened to allow for the addition of:

  • A sidewalk along the north side of West 5th Avenue between Dublin Road and McKinley Avenue that will also extend across the new bridge.
  • A Shared Use Path for bicycles and pedestrians along the south side of West 5th Avenue that will also extend across the new bridge.  The Shared Use Path will serve as a section of the Scioto Trail Bikeway project, and will link to the Shared Use Path along the east side of Dublin Road, south from West 5th
  • A fourth vehicle lane will serve as a dedicated eastbound left turn lane onto northbound Dublin Road.
  • Curbs and gutters, street lighting and street trees on both sides of West 5th Avenue between Dublin Road and McKinley Avenue.  The street lighting will extend onto the new bridge.
  • A new, upgraded traffic signal on mast arms at the intersection of Dublin Road and West 5th

Construction of the new bridge is scheduled to be complete on November 30.

The $9.7 million project is a collaboration between the Columbus Department of Public Service and the Recreation and Parks Department.

The most recent annual inspection of the current West 5th Avenue bridge on April 1, 2014, determined it is need of replacement, but poses no immediate threat the safety of the general public.

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