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Bridge project updates

June 4, 2009 - Jennifer Houtman

Beginning Monday, traffic will be banned from the Washington Street Bridge while repairs and renovations are made to the aging structure. The project is slated to take 60 days. It's going to be a long hot summer for commuters in the Pioneer City.

That's why ODOT and The Marietta Times will offer weekly project updates in our Saturday print edition and online, along with ongoing news coverage of the project. ODOT's District 10 spokesman, David Rose (a former Marietta Times intern) will provide weekly updates that will appear each Saturday in print and online.

Sometimes the update will appear on the front page of the printed newspaper, sometimes it will appear on the Local News page, it just depends on the significance of the project news that week. Just look for our bridge update logo which is already posted on our home page at You can already check there for information on detours and truck routes and other information that can make Monday's commute and beyond a smoother ride.

We also ask readers to send us any questions, observations or concerns about the project. Have a question? Ask, and we will get the answer.

Anyone who lived through the Putnam Bridge project has an idea of what to expect beginning next week. Be patient, be careful and keep in mind we will have a safer Washington Street Bridge when it's all said and done.


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