The state has reduced access to a West Carrollton bridge the city says needs replacing.
The weight limit for the Elm Street Bridge just south of the city’s center has been cut by at least 20 percent following an Ohio Department of Transportation inspection, according to the city.
Meanwhile, pedestrian access to the sidewalk on the east side of the bridge has also been closed because of deterioration, the city said Friday afternoon.
The bridge has had a 20-ton limit since an inspection two years ago, city officials said. The new posted limits, according to the city, are as follows:
-13 tons for 2-axle vehicles, such as motorcycles and cars;
-14 tons for 3-axle vehicles, such as SUVs and pick-up trucks;
-15 tons for 4-axle vehicles, such as vans;
-16 tons for 5-axle vehicles, such autos pulling trailers.
The city recently applied for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant in an attempt to obtain funding to replace the bridge.
A preliminary design report estimated total construction costs at $1.37 million. If funding is approved, the city hopes to finalize design in late 2018, with construction during the summer 2019.
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