This project involved the survey, design, and preparation of plans for the replacement of the deficient three span slab bridge on CR-44 in Medina County, along with reconstruction of the approaches. A detour route was prepared which allowed the structure to be built in one stage and minimized construction duration.

The new bridge on CR-44 is a continuous slab structure with spans of 22’-0”, 27’-6”, and 22’-0”. It has wall abutments which are supported by piles. An integral design was chosen to limit the number of piles. The spans were lengthened from 20’-0”, 25’-0” and 20”-0” in order to avoid the existing piles and to ease construction by placing the abutments near the top of the bank. The increased hydraulic opening improved the hydraulic performance of the structure.

On the east side of the bridge, existing storm pipes were replaced and extended through the new wingwalls. The new wingwalls were extended to line up with the wingwalls of the adjacent pedestrian bridge structure. The road was also widened slightly and the shoulders regraded accordingly. This work resulted in an overall improvement of the drainage in the area.

CLIENT: ODOT/Rietschlin Construction, Inc.

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