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Good News: Construction Begins On Adena Bridge

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The bridge that splits Adena has been an issue for years.

But the recent, indefinite closing of it finally forced the hand of officials to start construction immediately.

While that's good news for some, Buckeye Local West Elementary Principal Luke Parsons said they'll struggle.

"We're worried. You know, it cuts Adena right in half. What used to take my kids 45 minutes to get home on the bus is now up to about an hour and a half. That long being on a bus is not good for anyone. We're losing kids to other districts, online schooling, so you know, it is a worry."

But help is on the way.

Officials said they're expediting the replacement of this bridge to help alleviate the longer bus routes and get access for emergency vehicles.

Of course, speeding up the process is all thanks to Ohio State Senator Frank Hoagland and State Representative Jack Cera.

They both told ODOT to get moving and get the bridge fixed.

"I know it's truly an inconvenience for the people here. Adena is one of the few towns in the whole state that doesn't have a state highway, so access is not great under the best of circumstances. The only option at this point is let's get started on the project and get it done," Cera said.

Officials are hoping to get it done fast.

Currently, it's a 30 minute trip just to get around.

"Everybody has to get to the other side and being closed until April is really inconvenient for everyone here in town, especially in emergencies," said Beth Ann Burke, an Adena resident.

ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said the most critical step in the construction process is ordering and getting the beams.

Once they have those, it's a sprint to the finish.

"We're confident that by less than two months after that, we'll have that bridge opened," MacAdam said.

Officials tell 7News a detour route is being signed today and will soon be released to the public.

Stay with 7News for further developments.

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