Ohio Department of Transportation – Charles Berry Memorial Bascule Bridge Rehabilitation

Located in the city of Lorain, the Charles Berry Memorial Bridge is a major connector for the community. The Ohio Department of Transportation’s $27 million bridge rehabilitation project provided needed mechanical updates that increased safety. Bicyclists and pedestrians faced a three-mile detour with the bridge lift, so Ohio DOT knew it was important to the keep that in place during the construction, which saved the community time. In order to keep water transportation moving during peak April to December travel time, the Ohio DOT made updates to the moveable span portion of the bridge during the winter months in order to not disrupt traffic. Ohio DOT also worked with the community during the course of the project, communicating frequency to minimize traffic impacts and to get feedback on the operating systems put in place in order to troubleshoot issues as they came up. These updates not only prioritized various transportation options; they allowed the community to keep moving safely.