Newark plans to replace parts of the Hudson Avenue bridge over Log Pond Run.

Newark plans to replace parts of the Hudson Avenue bridge over Log Pond Run.

The bridge is just north of St. Clair Street and south of Oak Street, where Hudson becomes a two-way road.

"There are severely rusted beams underneath," city engineer Brian Morehead said.

Morehead is expected to talk to Newark City Council's service committee Monday about the issue. He said the bridge deck was replaced 20 years ago, but it was replaced with plain steel, not galvanized steel beams.

"It's a long, narrow channel, and it's like a cellar or like a damp basement," he said. "The steel never really dries out."

Morehead said the city could look at using galvanized steel parts or replacing it with concrete.

"Either case, we're looking for a 30- to 40-year solution, as opposed to a 20-year solution," he said.

Councilwoman Irene Kennedy said the bridge deck's replacement would be a welcome project to residents and motorists, who have come up with a few choice names for the bridge. Kennedy once lived in the area and since has moved to another part of town.

The project could cost an estimated $75,000, Morehead said, and the city could use money from the license-plate permissive-tax fund for the replacement.

Once the project begins, Morehead said, it could take up to two weeks to finish the work, and the entire 15 feet of Hudson, where the bridge is, would have to be closed. Many motorists take that route to get to north Newark.

An alternate route would be to use West St. Clair to access Mount Vernon Road and take a side street or Channel Street farther north to get back to Hudson.

Council's service committee is expected to consider the request when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Newark City Hall, 40 W. Main St.

Irene Kennedy