Henderson Bridge NOT Being Replaced

On March 19th, the following comment was left on this post:

 Odot is threatening to tear down this bridge and replace it in 2016. I hope people in Lorain that appreciate this bridge will join me and the other historic bridge advocates to try to stop this.

I sent the commenter an email, asking for his source of this information. He provided me with this link which listed the following write-up:

Lofton Henderson Memorial Bridge (Lorain County, Ohio)
The bridge: A cantilevered through truss, this 1939 bridge carries four lanes of traffic high above the Black River Ship Channel.
The significance: An iconic part of Lorain, Ohio, this bridge is National Register eligible and recognized as “Select” on the Ohio Historic Bridge List.
The situation: Despite having a relatively good sufficiency rating (58.7), officials want to get rid of this bridge. The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency website says that the bridge is programmed for replacement starting in 2016.
The plan: As a “Select” bridge that is still in reasonably good condition, the government needs to do a better job of exploring alternatives to replacement. If the current bridge is too narrow — the usual excuse for demolition — then why not consider building a parallel bridge?

Remembering the fiasco from 2008, I was concerned. The Bascule needed repaired, and it was closed for three months? was it? This was to be a replacement and that was going to hurt a lot of folks. I emailed Allen Biehl, the District Deputy Director of ODOT’s District 3 and asked him to confirm or deny the above information. He replied with this email:


I was able to gather more detailed information regarding an upcoming project on the above noted bridge. As I expected, the bridge is not being replaced. The project scheduled and shown in NOACA’s Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) is to perform various maintenance repairs on the existing structure. The description on NOACA’s website is in error; and we are in the process of working with NOACA to have this description corrected on their webpage. I was somewhat suspicious, in that a total bridge replacement would have cost much more than the $3+ million dollars shown on NOACA’s document.

We have no plans to replace this structure in the foreseeable future; and this upcoming maintenance project will insure the bridges longevity. Attached, please find a preliminary Scope of Work that we anticipate on completing with the upcoming project. It is fairly self-explanatory; however, should you have any further questions regarding this project please feel free to contact me to discuss further.

Thank you for taking interest in the Department of Transportation’s infrastructure. We appreciate your reaching out to us for more information.



Here’s the info from the document he attached:

PID 92009 LOR 611-0344 Repair and Maintenance Recommendations

Caulk bottom corners of lower cord and top corners of lower cord at gusset plates

Replace modular exp.jt. at the forward abutment including the related work which includes replacing the end the deck, top of the abutment back wall, approach slab, sidewalk and guardrail.
Substructure repairs to concrete substructure units.

Spot paint select floor beam to truss connections and floor beam lower chords.

Repair R/W fence
Retaining wall replacement along the west side of the forward approach.

Slip Repair along the west side of the forward approach. (All work including sidewalk, guardrail, seeding and mulching.)

Pavement to restore areas disturbed by project
Wearing Surface repairs

Repair Hatches Replace the missing handles and hinge pins on the access hatches in the west sidewalk.

Sheathing repairs Reattach and/or replace loose and missing neoprene sheathing. The sheathing provides protection for the floor beams under the open joints.

Repair sidewalk pedestrian railing.

Seal deck and sidewalk concrete

So, no need for stress or hand-wringing or anything.

At least, we hope.


10 Rules for Dating My Daughter

I’ve had this for quite a while, and now that my daughter is older, and will be dating soon, I thought it appropriate to dig it out.

Rule One: If you pull into my driveway and honk you’d better be delivering a package, because you’re sure not picking anything up.

Rule Two: You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes or hands off of my daughter’s body, I will remove them. 

Rule Three: I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don’t take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object. However, in order to ensure that your clothes do not, in fact, come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric nail gun and fasten your trousers securely in place to your waist.

Rule Four: I’m sure you’ve been told that in today’s world, sex without utilizing a “barrier method” of some kind can kill you. Let me elaborate, when it comes to sex, I am the barrier, and I will kill you.

Rule Five: It is usually understood that in order for us to get to know each other, we should talk about sports, politics, and other issues of the day. Please do not do this. The only information I require from you is an indication of when you expect to have my daughter safely back at my house, and the only word I need from you on this subject is “early.”

Rule Six: I have no doubt you are a popular fellow, with many opportunities to date other girls. This is fine with me as long as it is okay with my daughter. Otherwise, once you have gone out with my little girl, you will continue to date no one but her until she is finished with you. If you make her cry, I will make you cry.

Rule Seven: As you stand in my front hallway, waiting for my daughter to appear, and more than an hour goes by, do not sigh and fidget. If you want to be on time for the movie, you should not be dating. My daughter is putting on her makeup, a process that can take longer than painting the Golden Gate Bridge. Instead of just standing there, why don’t you do something useful, like changing the oil in my car?

Rule Eight: The following places are not appropriate for a date with my daughter: Places where there are beds, sofas, or anything softer than a wooden stool. Places where there are no parents, policemen, or nuns within eyesight. Places where there is darkness. Places where there is dancing, holding hands, or happiness. Places where the ambient temperature is warm enough to induce my daughter to wear shorts, tank tops, midriff T-shirts, or anything other than overalls, a sweater, and a goose down parka – zipped up to her throat. Movies with a strong romantic or sexual theme are to be avoided; movies which features chain saws are okay. Hockey games are okay. Old folks homes are better.

Rule Nine:Do not lie to me. I may appear to be a slightly overweight, grey haired, middle-aged, has-been. But on issues relating to my daughter, I am the all-knowing, merciless god of your universe. If I ask you where you are going and with whom, you have one chance to tell me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I have a shotgun, a shovel, and five acres behind the house. Do not trifle with me.  

Rule Ten:Be afraid. Be very afraid. It takes very little for me to mistake the sound of your car in the driveway for a chopper coming in over a rice paddy near Hanoi. When my Agent Orange starts acting up, the voices in my head frequently tell me to clean the guns as I wait for you to bring my daughter home. As soon as you pull into the driveway you should exit your car with both hands in plain sight. Speak the perimeter password, announce in a clear voice that you have brought my daughter home safely and early, then return to your car – there is no need for you to come inside. The camouflaged face at the window is mine.

CRA: Two Sides – One Published – One Denied

There is once again a manipulation of events in the media. Anyone who wishes to access information on the CRA from the beginning October 2006 will find a plethora of information documented and the history on the side bar of this blog.

Media has from time to time been used and it is by omission that readers are led down a certain path of knowledge. One that could be seen as tipping the scales in unbiased reporting.

Please visit Loraine’s blog for the rest.

Bur Oak MetroPark – The Black River

I was in Elyria yesterday, when I heard on WEOL that the Black River was overflowing its banks, and that at its current height it ranked in the top 5 of record heights recorded. Hearing that, I had to check it out for myself. Ford Road was closed at the bridge, as it has been for the last few weeks. Residents in LaGrange were warned they may have to evacuate. See for yourself.

A view of the overflowing Black River from the entrance of Bur Oak MetroPark

The Black River, west of the Ford Road bridge, and just east of Bur Oak MetroPark

Recently driven from his home, he’s not happy

A view of the Black River, south of the Rt. 254 bridge, just west of Gulf Road

A view of the Black River, north of the Rt. 254 bridge


RSO Report

Back in February, I organized the list of registered sex offenders in the City of Lorain. Since it’s been almost a year, I felt an update was necessary. I have all 291 RSO’s organized by alphabetic street name and East and West streets. I was thisclose to putting the list here, and thought better of it. So, if anyone is interested, I have the list in Excel spreadsheet form and as a Word document. There are a number that reside at the same address, in the same building, and there are even 2 living together.

I will not make assumptions about how dangerous or not the people on this list are. This is the same list available through the Lorain County Sheriff’s website.

If you are interested, drop me a note at heneryhawk1@yahoo.com and let me know which format you’d like the list in, Excel or Word. Or both, if necessary.

The data was taken from the website Sunday, November 16th.

Dear Mr. Veard,

While I have to commend you on what you’ve done with the Duane Building,

I’ve got to inquire about your involvement/intentions with the old Gel-Pak building.  The following picture was taken on November 18th, 2006.


The below photo was taken on November 10th, just a few days ago.


While it’s obvious that there are more windows broken, the scary thing is they’re broken FROM THE INSIDE. It’s no secret that access to the building is easy. I’ve seen photos of people’s adventures as they chronicled the break-in, and what the inside looks like.

But this view from the south side of the building is almost an invitation:

And while I’ve seen the back of the structure before, I don’t recall ALL of these windows being broken.

Someone was pretty thorough here:

And I don’t believe this graffiti got there by itself.

I remember how the Duane fire got started. Unless some action is taken soon, this property is liable to suffer the same devastation, especially with colder weather coming.

Just a friendly FYI….

Hat tip to my good friend for the heads-up on the window-writing!!

Editor’s Note: Just got done with this for Black Cloud. I’ll go back tomorrow to see if I can get more of the tree in the pic.

(Click on pic for larger view)

Can You Help?

I was forwarded the following by 1st Ward Councilwoman Melanie Szabo:

Good Morning All,

I am sending this email asking that you consider donating to the Nord Family. They are trying to raise funds for Andrew and Matthew Nord. They have juvenile diabetes. The Nord Family’s goal is only $500.00. Please help if you can! If you would like to donate, please see attachment for details or you can contact me and I will forward all donations to the family. They are my neighbors and they boys are wonderful children! Thank you so much!


Melanie Szabo
1212 Missouri Ave.
Lorain, OH 44052

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