Mantua – The Portage County Engineer intends to replace the existing two-span steel beam bridge that carries High Street over the Cuyahoga River in the Village of Mantua.  The new structure will be a single span prestressed concrete box beam structure. The project includes roadway approach work.

It is anticipated that project will be constructed in the fall of 2015. The bridge will be closed for approximately 90 days.  A local detour route will be posted.

The project will not result in substantial impact to the environment, either individually or cumulatively. In compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (codified as 36 CFR 800), Portage County requests information regarding the presence of any known cultural resources in the vicinity of the project.  Cultural resources include prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, historic bridges, historic buildings, sites and districts.

To facilitate reconstruction of the High Street Bridge impacts will occur to Buchert Park including acquisition of new permanent and temporary right-of-way, construction of a temporary work causeway, miscellaneous grading, utility and drainage improvements.  Buchert Park, a public recreational property, is afforded protection under federal law, and the use of Federal funds requires development of measures to minimize harm and advance public notice of impacts to a recreational property be given. Access to Buchert Park will be maintained during the project construction duration.

All interested persons are invited to provide comments regarding the proposed project to: Michael A. Marozzi, P.E., P.S., Portage County Engineer, 5000 Newton Falls Road, Ravenna, Ohio 44266 or by phone (330) 296 6411.

Comments may also be sent via email to the attention of  Anthony Zumbo, P.E., P.S. at   azumbo@portageco.com

Questions and/or comments regarding anticipated impacts to Buchert Park may be submitted by June 23, 2015.

A summary of public comments received during the public comment period and responses to comments will be prepared and posted on the Portage County Engineer website home page at http://www.co.portage.oh.us/engineer.htm at the end of the thirty (30) day comment period.