Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith has proposed a rehabilitation project on a historic bridge that spans the Meander Reservoir in Weathersfield Township.

Smith proposed the rehabilitation of the historic Ohltown Viaduct Bridge along Austintown Warren Road just west of Ohltown Road and Depot Street. The bridge was originally constructed back in 1928.

The bridge meets the National Register of Historic Places criteria as an example of a multi-span concrete-filled arch bridge designed by a government entity.

The project proposes to rehabilitate the existing 1,000-foot 9-span reinforced concrete bridge in order improve its general appraisal and condition ratings.

Work would include new waterproofing and asphalt pavement, replacement of the existing roadway surface with engineered fill, concrete arch and spandrel wall patching and repairs, replacement of the deteriorated parapet walls with new similar parapet walls, new catch basins and storm sewer and the installation of an interpretive historic display documenting the historic bridge design, the history of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District and the Ohltown Cemetery.

The project is estimated to cost $3,944,000 and work is expected to begin in the summer of 2025. Work is expected to be completed by fall of 2026.

During the construction period, Austintown Warren Road will be closed to vehicular traffic at the bridge site between Ohtown Road and Depot Street and the northern leg of Austintown Warren Road west of the bridge for about 180 days.

The detour route will utilize Ohltown Road, North Turner Road, Mahoning Avenue, Lipkey Road and Yerke Young Road.

The county is seeking any and all public comments on this project. Anyone who has any comments or concerns should contact Gary Shaffer, P.E. at the Trumbull County Engeineer's Office (650, North River Road NW, Warren) by May 20. 

You can also call at 330-675-2640.