The Akron-Peninsula Road bridge over Robinson Run has deteriorated so much that it’s no longer safe to carry heavy trucks.
Summit County Council approved an emergency measure Monday to forgo normal bidding procedures to hire a designer and contractor as soon as possible to replace the concrete span in Boston Township.
The council also agreed to lower the bridge weight limit to 15 tons in the meantime.
The two-lane, 38-foot-long bridge — which is actually two bridges dating to before 1930 and 1938 — is safe for pedestrians, cars and even light trucks, but cannot handle larger vehicles, possibly even full school buses, said Joe Paradise, county director of engineering.
The deterioration was discovered last month when county workers examined it for a load rating required by the federal government. One of the concrete beams is in poor condition, likely caused by heavy asphalt on top and moisture from the stream below.
“It’s in bad, bad shape,” Councilman Nick Kostandaras said.
Paradise said the county will notify trucking companies that regularly use the road about the new weight limit.
The bridge is located just south of Northampton Road.
Akron-Peninsula Road serves as a major connector between Akron’s Merriman Valley neighborhood and Boston Township and Peninsula. The road will have to be closed during the bridge replacement.
Paradise said the engineer anticipates getting bids from at least four contractors by next week and he hopes the work could be completed by Thanksgiving. He expected the project to cost about $150,000.
“I wouldn’t want to be on a bridge and it fall down,” Councilwoman Tamela Lee said.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a resolution supporting a 2.25-mill levy for Summit County Children Services on the November ballot.
But council President Jerry Feeman yanked a resolution from the agenda offering similar support for the Akron Public Schools’ 7.9-mill levy.
He said it would have been unfair to endorse one school levy and not others in the county.
“I didn’t want to single out just one,” Feeman said.
He said council members are offering their support for the Akron school levy through personal endorsement letters.
• Accepted a $78,201 grant to pay overtime for extra sheriff’s patrols targeting speeders and a $208,449 grant to pay for special drunken-driving enforcement efforts. Both grants are from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
• Renewed medical coverage through Medical Mutual of Ohio that will raise the employee share of premiums by 5.7 percent.
• Agreed to pay $65,000 to Tianna Martin of Barberton to settle a lawsuit filed after she was injured in a traffic crash with sheriff’s deputy Michael Hawsman in January 2010.
• Approved a one-year $800,000 contract with Summit County Public Health to handle adult protective services for the county.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or email@example.com.