Bridge transport delay announced

WELLSBURG — Plans to transport the new 830-foot-long main span of the new Ohio River bridge have been rescheduled by a day, according to an announcement by the state Department of Transportation on Thursday morning.

The tied-arch span will now be moved by barge beginning Wednesday morning, and lifted onto its piers early April 22.

State officials have stressed weather will be a major influence on plans to transport the main span down river on four barges about a mile south of Wellsburg, where large hydraulic cranes will be used to lift it 80 feet into the air and onto its piers.

A press release Wednesday from the department states, “Due to the highly sensitive nature of the actions being performed during this operation, execution will not be possible if river and wind conditions are not favorable.”

“Therefore, there is a real possibility the event will be delayed to the middle or end of the week of April 19. We will be closely monitoring the weather conditions throughout this week and will promptly communicate any updates and/or date changes as they arise.”

Portion of state Route 7 to close

STEUBENVILLE — The northbound lanes of state Route 7 from Franklin Avenue to University Boulevard will be closed to all traffic from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday.

According to the city of Steubenville Engineering Department, the closure is needed for Norfolk Southern Railroad to perform maintenance on the Railroad Bridge north of the marina entrance.

The work will continue on Sunday if needed.

The detour route will be Washington Street, state Route 43, to N. Seventh Street to University Boulevard. Detour signs will be posted and motorists are urged to drive with caution during the project’s duration.


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