One of Sandusky’s most decrepit, decaying structures will soon receive a massive makeover.
State planners informed city officials about their plans to rehabilitate the Camp Street underpass by October 2014.
The $2 million project should start in April 2014, city project engineer Jane Cullen said.
“It’s in dire need of repair,” Erie Regional Planning director Steve Poggiali said.
Sandusky’s former engineer Todd Roth told the Register in March 2012 the project should’ve started by now.
Among the bridge’s most notable deficiencies: The walls leading into the underpass, or what locals calls a “subway,” continue to rot.
If crews don’t improve the dilapidated walls before 2014 ends, erosion will eventually advance toward the structure’s middle portion.
Ignoring improvements would compromise the structure supporting railroad tracks spanning above Camp Street, where hundreds of cars and dozens of people walk by each day.
“The upkeep of all the subways is important,” city commissioner Wes Poole said. “We need to upgrade the infrastructure as much as possible in this community.”
It’s not known today whether Camp Street will remain open to traffic just before or during construction.
Not since the 1930s — when the structure debuted — has the Camp Street underpass received such a major upgrade.