What's going on with Tuesday's traffic and the west-end overpass?
Several Ohio Department of Transportation vehicles transported beams needed to further develop the west-end overpass project, located at Tiffin Avenue and Venice Road in Sandusky.
Major traffic delays occurred just before noon Tuesday. State highway patrol vehicles stopped traffic as trucks drove north on U.S. 250 until they reached Ohio 2 by Sonic and Maui Sands. The trucks then accessed the highways for a bit before exiting at Ohio 101 to drop the beams off.
State workers still expect to debut the west-end overpass by July 2014.
The $11.4 million project, funded mostly with state tax dollars, would help streamline traffic on the city's west side, allowing motorists to bypass railroad crossings. A road elevated above the ground will connect Tiffin Avenue and George Street, running parallel to Venice Road.
For 40 years, local residents complained about delays caused by trains rumbling — and often times stopping — over the tracks, forcing the crossing gates to drop and cars to clog the streets while waiting. The delays are even more troublesome for emergency vehicles and the drivers who need to jet through the area.
Sandusky officials are also considering naming the overpass after someone. Some suggestions include slain Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn and fallen Army Spc. Charles Odums.
Do you have a suggestion as to who the overpass should be named after, if anyone at all? If so, let us know in the comments section.