The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to know what members of the public think about the idea of closing a bridge that crosses Interstate 680 in Austintown.

ODOT has scheduled a public meeting on a proposal to permanently closing the Lanterman Road Bridge.

According to the most recent ODOT traffic counts, between 255 and 365 vehicles travel that stretch of Lanterman Road each day.

 

 

The purpose of the meeting is to present information and solicit public comments on the results and recommendations from a study that evaluated the need for the bridge.

Concluding that the bridge should be eliminated, the study cited existing roadway deficiencies, the structural condition of the bridge, and maintenance costs. Existing deficiencies include inadequate sight distance, poor pavement condition, and inadequate lane and shoulder widths on the structure, and approach roadway. The existing bridge deck is also nearing the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced, says ODOT.

ODOT will conduct an open-house public involvement meeting on Thursday, November 7, 2019, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Four Mile Run Christian Church, 701 N. Four Mile Run Road, Austintown.

Although no formal presentation will be made during the meeting, the project team will be available to address any questions from the public between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Exhibits illustrating the recommended alternative under consideration will be displayed, and information related to various detour and emergency response routes will be made available.

ODOT is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project. Environmental impacts include those involving archaeological, architectural, and ecological resources, regulated materials, and the general location of the project. ODOT also requests information regarding the presence of any known cultural resources in the vicinity of the project, including prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, historic bridges, historic buildings, landmarks, and districts.

Comments may be spoken or submitted in writing during the public meeting, or submitted via mail, email, or telephone to the following contact:

Sean Carpenter, Environmental Specialist

ODOT District 4

2088 S. Arlington Road

Akron, Ohio 44306-4243

Sean.Carpenter@dot.ohio.gov

330-786-2274

Please submit all written comments by Monday, December 9, 2019.

If you are unable to attend the public meeting, project information will be available on the ODOT District 4 website at www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/d04 (select the "Public Meetings/Public Involvement" heading on the left side menu). A summary of public comments received during the comment period and responses to those comments will be prepared and posted to the ODOT District 4 website within 30 days of the end of the comment period.