Bascule Bridge – ODOT Comes to City Hall

At 1pm Friday afternoon, ODOT officials took questions in City Hall from a number of concerned Lorain business owners and residents. Tempers flared as ODOT official John Hart answered questions posed to him, but would not come right out and affix blame to any one entity. While people appeared to be looking for a scapegoat, the matter boiled down to trying to fit 2008 technology with 1940’s hardware. As the videos upload, I’ll share some pictures of the players involved.

John Hart, P.E., Deputy Director - District 3, ODOT

John Hart, P.E., Deputy Director – District 3, ODOT

 

Valerie Kilmer, Production Administrator - ODOT, Ken Wright, Planning and Production Administrator, ODOT

Valerie Kilmer, Production Administrator – ODOT, Ken Wright, Planning and Production Administrator, ODOT

 

Rev. Brad Donahue

Rev. Brad Donahue

 

Brian Stacy, ODOT, District 3 Spokesman

Mitchell Fallis, Lorain Council-at-Large

Mike Challender, Chairman of Lorain Growth Corporation

Paulette Sutton, owner Hot Waters Marina

State Rep D-56, Joe Koziura

 

Also present were Mayor Tony Krasienko, Ohio Senator Sue Morano, D-13th district, US Rep (D-OH-13) Betty Sutton’s representative Mark Ballard, 2nd Ward Councilman Dennis Flores, Council-at-Large Anne Molnar and Kennedy’s Billiards owner Mike Kennedy and others.  

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5 thoughts on “Bascule Bridge – ODOT Comes to City Hall

  1. HMMMM so ODOT hasn’t worked on the bridge since 1940???.. they haven’t updated ..what about the LAST time it was up forever.. that is a bit lame .I think the technicians ain’t what they used to be…. “knowing smile” 🙂

  2. Sorry Loraine, that’s not what I meant, and my bad if that’s what you took away from it.

    The machinery is quite old, and some of it needed replaced, and these parts are not mass produced. So the pieces needed to be made and they then needed to be able to be computer controlled. Now, while the bridge was able to be raised in years past without the use of computers, they are now controlled from both towers on the bridge.

  3. No not your bad their bad , I read where ther said the bridge was old , but not as old as the other bascule bridge….. 112 years.. which is kept in good shape… why is that because presumbaly the engineers and techs and maintenance cres ‘KNOW THEIR STRUCTURE’

    what I am saying is that odot have worked on this bridge through the years they have scheMatics or should have, they should know that the bridge consists of- they have worked on it before….so why the surprise…. no sorry they can “waffle” all they want …. the “old” bridge is made up of parts and wiring and mechnism with whiCh THEY SHOULD BE FAMILIAR AND KNOWLEDGABLE……. they aproachED to this thing has been reationary and that my is DOWN TO THE “experts , engineers and technicians” who had a job of work to do …….. as I said before maybe the engineers, techs etc. aren’t what they used to be 🙂

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