Repairs slated for Camp Street subway

First upgrade in about 80 years
Andy Ouriel
Jul 2, 2013

 

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.

Comments

Eph 2 8-10

It's about time. It looks horrible.

Nor'easter

Just one more reason to increase the admissions tax to 8% including paid parking and begin repairing the infrastructure that has been ignored to build sewer and water capacity to serve 500,000 people that was paid for by the residents. The tourist have received a free ride while the town and its streets are collapsing. Time to pay the piper and rebuild Sandusky. Ironically, the tourists won't even change their plans over this. In fact, it will probably increase the tourist business as roads, parks, and infrastructure improvement make this a more desirable destination.

pavedparadise

Im with ya Nor'easter

Problem is getting 4 City Commissioners to act on increasing the admissions tax.

Even in a perfect world where the commission approves an admissions tax increase, they would find a way to squander the new revenue on studies, moving City Hall or installing parking meters downtown.

mikeylikesit

in bad shape but still in daily use in 2013. that's a long time. they obviously did good work in the 1930's..

thinktwice

Nice to see the West Side getting improvements. I've noticed the Leimkuehler building on W. Perkins has had some major improvements and with the Lions Park developments and Venice road overpass projects coming around, so then is the West Side. There may be more so please post any developments I'm not aware of on the West End. This is great news whether later than expected or not it is still good news for our City.

OH-IO

80 years! I've seen cities with more than a million people take care of their bridges better than this. It was in need 25 years ago! It's a bridge for God sake! People die when bridges aren't maintained and it could have been very negative publicity for the city.