Ashland bridge delays hurt businesses

Ashland bridge delays hurt businesses

Construction delays on bridge work at exit 14 in Ashland are hurting local gas station owners by cutting off access.

The original plan for the project was to widen the bridge by about two traffic lanes, which has been completed since work started in mid-2010, and to scrape off and pour a new surface layer of concrete above the rebar embedded beneath the road.

The completion date at the time was June 2012, but the project fell behind schedule when demolition crews revealed corroded rebar beneath the road and realized the existing deck couldn't be salvaged, said ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming.

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