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The Suburbanite
  • Harrington bridge replacement planned

  • A major bridge replacement project is set to begin in August as the Harrington Road bridge is expected to be replaced. Several repairs have been made to the bridge in the past, but this work is expected to take over a year to complete.

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  • A major bridge replacement project is set to begin in August as the Harrington Road bridge is expected to be replaced. Several repairs have been made to the bridge in the past, but this work is expected to take over a year to complete.
    “Harrington Road Bridge over the Diversion Dam is being constructed as part of the Tuscarawas Diversion Dam improvement project,” said Heidi Swindell, Summit County government affairs liaison. “Bids for the project recently opened and Kenmore is the apparent low bidder, but that has not been formally approved yet as the county portion of the cost of this project will be approximately $417,000.”
    The Tuscarawas Dam is a part of the Portage Lakes State Park system as the main outflow flows into Long Lake by way of the Tuscarawas River. The flow can be diverted though to East Reservoir through a feeder canal as the embankment is about 1,000 feet long and has a maximum hydraulic structural height of 26 feet.     
    Currently, the dam doesn’t meet the minimum design storm standards as required in the Ohio Revised Code. The concrete spillway and spillway walls are deteriorated and in need of structural repairs. Also, the existing gatehouses, mechanical gates and the five-span continuous concrete slab bridge are in need of replacement.
    Construction is expected to begin in August and be completed by December 31, 2014.
    The improvements are expected to cost close to $5 million dollars as plans involve repairing the existing spillway, installing new automated mechanical gates, rehabilitating the existing feeder canal outlet structure, completing electrical improvements to the existing gatehouse and providing overtopping protection. Overtopping protection involves placement of roller compacted concrete and steel sheet piling on and along the downstream face and crest of the embankment.
    Full depth replacement of the asphalt on Harrington Road is expected to be completed as a part of this project.  
    The detour for Harrington Road is Swartz Road to Main Street to Warner Road and is expected to be in place for 12 months starting in August.