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Hubbard replaces decades-old bridge

HUBBARD — The replacement of a bridge that was built during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency was dedicated Monday after the work was done last summer and fall.

Representatives of Hubbard city, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office took part in the ribbon cutting and dedication at the new bridge.

Mayor Ben Kyle said the nearly $1 million bridge work was an Ohio Department of Transportation project through the county engineer’s office with no cost to the city.

Construction costs were covered 80 percent from surface transportation block grant funding through Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and ODOT provided 20 percent.

Kyle said plans are next to rename the bridge 1 p.m. May 29, over Memorial Day weekend, as the “Hubbard Veterans Bridge.”

The bridge had been closed while work was being done.

“This shows the cooperation we did together to get the project completed. This street is the gateway to the city’s industrial corridor,” Kyle said.

In addition to the bridge, Myron Street was paved with plans to install sidewalks from the Eagle Creek senior housing to Main Street.

During Roosevelt’s term in office, 29,000 bridges were constructed across the nation including the Myron Street bridge.

Kyle said the project had been planned for several years.

The bridge was well-used during its lifetime and needed to be replaced for safety. Kyle said the plan to name the bridge is a way to honor veterans now living in Hubbard and those from the community who are deceased.

Trumbull County deputy engineer Gary Shaffer, who was project manager, said the bridge carries Myron Street over Mud Run. Its width was upgraded and it remains a two-span continuous reinforced concrete slab bridge with the reuse of the existing substructure with a new concrete approach slab on each end.

Project engineer was CT Consultants of Mentor and contractor was BOG Construction of Berlin Center.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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