128 Second St. NW, Barberton, OH 44203

Some warm thoughts on a cold February Friday

by Ruth Kaser for Towpath News

Picture yourself on a sunny day at the end of may-the temperature is mid 60’s to mid 70’s. You are standing with a group of people at a ribbon cutting ceremony and you are smiling. You are smiling for several reasons, it is sunny and not minus 2 degrees as it is today. You are smiling as you have ridden your bicycle to the ceremony and you are smiling for the reason for the ceremony.

I received an email from Joe Stefan, the Interim Planning Director of the City of Barberton this morning advising me of the status of the progress of the construction of the towpath connecting bridge to Robinson Avenue.It is a project that has been a long time coming, but one the Mayor has prioritized and championed.

Joe advised, in December the construction contract was awarded to Cavanaugh Construction Company.They were able to get council approval and move forward with ordering the Bridge before the end of 2013. The bridge is being constructed by Contech Bridge manufacturing. They anticipate the bridge being completed and delivered in April of 2014. When it arrives it will be placed at the construction site until setting occurs. As for the bridge abutment work, Cavanaugh has been moving dirt, identifying underground utilities and doing soil samples. The majority of their work is currently on the Towpath side of the River. Telephone poles are also being relocated by ATT.

The Mayor will be scheduling a ground breaking ceremony when the weather breaks a little and a Ribbon cutting will be schedule for the end of May to officially open the bridge. Stay tuned for ride and party news-a ride from the shop to the site of the ribbon cutting is in order and an after ceremony party is in order. This has been a long time coming!

Construction sign

Conector under construction sign

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