By now, the worst may be over, and motorists will have figured out how to deal with the disruption from the closing of the Glen Echo Bridge on Indianola Avenue.
The bridge was scheduled to close Monday, April 10, for major rehabilitation.
The project has been two and a half years in the planning, Clintonville Area Commission District 1 representative David Vottero said at last week's meeting, where representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation, Division of Fire, Division of Police and the Central Ohio Transit Authority discussed what's going to happen during the planned 180-day closing.
"I know six months may not seem temporary if you have to travel that every day, or several times a day, but construction does go away," ODOT District 6 spokeswoman Nancy Burton said.
Zachary Amnah and Andrew Opsitnik, ODOT engineers who will oversee work by the contractor, talked about the details of the project.
The bridge, which carries Indianola Avenue over the Glen Echo Ravine, was built in 1915, Amnah said.
The work, according to ODOT, will include:
* Rehabilitating the existing arch and bridge
* Replacing exterior concrete and bridge walls
* Providing a new driving surface
* Replacing the bridge railing
* Repairing the stairwell from Indianola Avenue to the park below
* Planting 123 trees.
The aluminum railings will be replaced with concrete railings closer to the original design, Amnah said.
"It'll look new but not completely different when we're done," he said.
The Ohio Bird Mural along the stairwell and in the underpass will be preserved by the original artist and given a special treatment that will make it less susceptible to graffiti, Opsitnik said.
The closing detour will take northbound traffic from Indianola Avenue west on Arcadia Avenue to North High Street to Weber Road.
Pedestrians headed north will take Arcadia to Calumet Street, then to Olentangy Street, returning to Indianola.
"I don't think that residents will really notice a difference as far as response time," Division of Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Caserta said. "It will be minimal."
"That won't be a huge workaround for us," said Sgt. Joseph Ritch of the Division of Police.
The bridge closing will add about four minutes to the travel time for COTA Line 5, representative Doug Arsenault said. Six temporary stops, one on each side of the road, will be located on Calumet Street to take the place of those being closed on Indianola, he said.
"We will be watching how things go day one, day two, day three," Burton said. "We can tweak and we have done that with projects. The first day is always brutal. The second day and the third day, we start to see a traffic pattern."
"There are going to be traffic jams on Calumet," resident Steve Austin said. "Be prepared, all."