Throw in the term “under budget,” and it’s quite a shocker to the delight of Sandusky residents who are paying for the city’s most pressing project.
Construction crews are pushing on to complete the west-end overpass project by July 2014.
“Everything is on schedule,” state transportation spokeswoman Christine Myers said.
The $11.4 million project strives to streamline traffic on Sandusky’s west side, near the Venice Road and Tiffin Avenue intersection, allowing motorists to bypass railroad crossings.
City residents are only fronting $570,000 of the project, with the remaining funds coming mostly from state tax dollars.
A road elevated above the ground will connect Tiffin Avenue and George Street, running parallel to Venice Road.
Bystanders today can see a hill-like structure finished at the site. Most recently, truckers transported several steel beams to help support the bridge.
State-contracted trucks transported several steal beams to support the bridge above the roadway. The overpass comes as a direct result of local residents complaining for decades about the delays caused by trains at crossings on the west side of town.