Ribbon cut on new bridge in Johnston

Tribune Chronicle

JOHNSTON — A new 28-foot wide bridge with shining new guardrails on Corinth Court Road was dedicated and a ribbon as wide as the structure was cut Thursday to mark the end of the long-needed project.

Nineteen dignitaries, including Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda and Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith, lined up to cut the ribbon, marking the end of a project that has been on the most critical bridge replacement list for years. A small crowd of local residents joined the officials at the event.

“This bridge has been a concern from the township level for many years,” said Smith, who praised the cooperation that brought the project to completion.

Planning, approvals and construction spanned two years. The construction portion of the estimated $881,382 project finished 46 days ahead of schedule. A.P. O’Horo Co. of Youngstown did the work with a bid of $574,000. Burgess and Niple of Painesville did $307,382 in engineering work .

Dominic Marchese, a Johnston trustee, expressed the stress on residents north of the bridge because first responder vehicles were over the old bridge’s weight limit for several years.

The bridge is near the junction of Johnston and Vernon townships. Walter Horodyski and Richard Heberling, Vernon trustees, were in attendance.

Fuda told the crowd the county is doing an “enormous” amount of projects to give “citizens a better life and for economic development.”

The federal government provided funding through the County Engineers Association of Ohio and the Federal Highway Administration funding was coordinated by the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments. The county engineer’s office provided the local match for the federal funds.

The original bridge across Sugar Creek, a tributary to Pymatuning Creek, was 39 feet long and 15 feet wide. The new structure is 60 feet long and 28 feet wide. Smith said Corinth Court Road would be widened to better facilitate two-way traffic onto and off the wider bridge.