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A Northeast Ohio Bridge is Closed After the Discovery That it Could Collapse

Streetsboro bridge
Streetsboro Police Department
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Drivers who use State Route 14 through Streetsboro are facing at least  six months of detours following the discovery this week that a bridge could collapse.

Contractors working near the 31-year-old bridge across Lake Rockwell noticed that the pillars holding it up had corroded and were buckling. The Ohio Department of Transportation closed the bridge Monday, and says 160-foot-long structure must be completely re-built.

The work will begin immediately. Streetsboro Mayor Glenn Broska is grateful a catastrophic collapse was avoided.

“Thankfully it was found and we took the steps necessary to ensure that no one was hurt, that it didn’t collapse. I thank God every day, you know, for the last couple days that nothing did happen and that somebody saw something and they said something.”

ODOT says the bridge passed a yearly inspection in April, and photos taken in July show no damage. Inspectors are trying to determine what happened to the pillars since then. 

Streetsboro bridge
Credit ODOT
A photo taken of the Streetsboro bridge in July which shows no pillar damage