According to state officials, the Clinton Street Bridge in Defiance is tentatively scheduled for replacement within the next six years, though Ohio officials say it remains safe for travel in the meantime.
The state has been keeping an eye on the bridge’s box beams for several years, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 1 office in Lima. The concrete box beams include tensioned steel strands which have shown some deterioration.
Officials say there are no immediate safety concerns however. They say there are so many redundancies built into bridges such as that one, you can have several minor things go awry, and the bridge is still very safe.
Replacing the bridge would cost about $20 million. Replacing the deck only — which was last done in the early 1980s — might cost half that according to the state.