Both bridges, along with road improvements along 12th Street from the railroad tracks to near Mercy Medical Center, are part of a joint Canton/Stark County improvement project.
WHAT IS IT? A bridge built in 1928 on 12th Street NW over the West Branch of Nimishillen Creek that is deteriorating, along with another bridge, farther west, that crosses the old Timken Mill Raceway, which was used to supply water for a grinding mill, according to Stark County Engineer Keith Bennett. Both remain open.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Both bridges, along with road improvements along 12th Street from the railroad tracks to near Mercy Medical Center, are part of a joint Canton/Stark County project to improve the corridor. Bennett said the supporting structure in the bridges is in better shape than the railing, but both are scheduled for replacement. The city will take the lead in the project, he said.
WHAT’S THE PROCESS? Bennett said a consultant has been hired to study and design replacements for the bridges. Construction is probably one to two years away. Federal funds are involved, so plans need environmental approval, he said. The improvements will be paid for with a combination of city, county, regional and federal funds.
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