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Construction Begins on Vrooman Road Bridge Project

LAKE COUNTY (August 28, 2018) – Construction to build a new Vrooman Road bridge over the Grand River in Perry and LeRoy townships will begin this September. In preparation for construction, crews have started surveying work which will continue through August. Construction of the bridge foundations and piers is expected to begin in mid-September.

A partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Lake County Engineer’s Office, the Vrooman Road bridge project involves the construction of a new high-level bridge on a new alignment over the Grand River, along with the resurfacing of the existing Vrooman Road between the new structure and I-90. 

“We are pleased to be working in partnership with ODOT District 12 to complete this much-needed project,” says Lake County Engineer Jim Gills.

The project will realign Vrooman Road to a new terminus at the intersection of State Route 84 (South Ridge Road) and Lane Road. This design was selected as the preferred alternative because it addresses all four deficiencies along the Vrooman Road corridor. These deficiencies include the substandard conditions of the existing bridge, substandard roadway geometrics, documented safety issues associated with crash patterns through this corridor and insufficient connectivity to eastern Lake County during unexpected highway closures.

“We are pleased that our strong working relationship with the Lake County Engineer’s Office has allowed us to finalize the construction plans and permitting requirements so that we can begin construction of this long-awaited project,” says ODOT District 12 Deputy Director Myron Pakush. “While there were many challenges addressed throughout the long history of this project’s development, we are confident this project will provide many benefits to the travelers of Lake County for many years in the future.”

The project was awarded to The Great Lakes Construction Company in late July for a cost of $22,381,228. The entire project is expected to be complete in September 2020.

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VROOMAN ROAD
ODOT has directed the Lake County Engineer to permanently close Vrooman Road AS OF 8PM THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 (between north of Mason's Landing Park and State Route 84).
 
Access to Mason’s Landing will be maintained over the Vrooman Road Bridge. All through traffic should follow the posted detour of I-90 to SR 44 to SR 84.  The closure is necessary because of safety concerns with the retaining wall on the west side of Vrooman Road south of State Route 84.
 
We understand that closing this section of Vrooman Road is an inconvenience to many residents and that it will require many to extend their commute time.  However, public safety is and should be of the utmost concern for our office.  And, for that reason, the decision to close the north portion of the road has been made.  Click here to view the Lake County Retaining Wall Report.
 
ODOT and the Lake County Engineer's Office partnered in 2017 to complete the construction of a new Vrooman Road Bridge over the Grand River.  Since then, project plans have been finalized and environmental permits have been obtained.  At the beginning of February 2018, the project was sent to US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington DC for review.  Once the project receives Federal approval, ODOT will begin advertising to contractors.  The Vrooman Road Bridge project is expected to sell in spring 2018 with construction beginning summer 2018.
 
When the high level bridge is complete, the section of Vrooman Road that is closed (north of the Mason’s Landing Park entrance and State Route 84) will no longer exist.  The new Vrooman Road will align with Lane Road to the east.  The new bridge is expected to be ready for public use in fall of 2019.