State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the release of $12 million in state funds for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to replace the Major Bridge on State Route 8 in Summit County. The funding was approved at today’s meeting by the Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. 

“Our state’s roads and bridges provide the foundation for a strong economy that keeps goods, services and people moving safely and efficiently every day,” said Sykes. “That makes it especially important for the state to maintain an active partnership with local communities to modernize outdated and unsafe infrastructure. I am pleased that the state has made this commitment to provide the much-needed necessary resources to improve a critical part of our community.” 

In recent years, the 63-year-old Major Bridge has undergone a number of repairs. The 1,500 ft. bridge, a part of a six-lane freeway system, includes a 936 ft. long deck truss that is considered fracture critical structure. If a single component of the truss fails, it could result in the bridge collapsing. 

The $12 million in state funds released today will be used for design work and preparation of construction contract plans. The construction contract is projected to be awarded in October 2020. 

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