The Clinton Street bridge in Defiance is scheduled to open to traffic today following a dedication ceremony.
The Ohio Department of Transportation said in a news release that the dedication will take place on the south side of the bridge where a tent will be placed on Fort Street, near the Defiance Public Library.
The event starts at 3 p.m. and will include comments from ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks, Defiance Mayor Mike McCann and Defiance County Commissioner Ryan Mack, who is a Purple Heart recipient.
The bridge will be dedicated as the “Purple Heart Bridge.”
ODOT said “at some point after the ceremony, the bridge will open fully to traffic, which means all four lanes will be in operation.”
The two-lane bridge, which carries Ohio state routes 15, 18 and 66 over the Maumee River, closed to traffic in late February for an $8.3 million complete replacement. The new bridge will have four lanes — two in each direction — five-foot-wide bike lanes on each side; and a 10-foot-wide pedestrian sidewalk on the west side and eight-foot-wide sidewalk on the east side.
The bridge will also feature scenic pedestrian “lookouts” on each side of the bridge, plus decorative concrete railing and lighting and other aesthetic enhancements.