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Hyde Park bridge closes for 6 months

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HYDE PARK, OH (FOX19) -

A bridge in Hyde Park shuts down for six months Monday.

The Marburg Bridge on Marburg Avenue between Erie Avenue and Wasson Way will close after morning rush hour ends.

The bridge will be replaced by early fall.

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City officials said the bridge has been closely monitored for years.

"We rate our bridges every year. They're rated on a scale of 0 to 9. 0 being failed, 9 being perfect. This is a 4," Director of Transportation Michael Moore said.

City Councilwoman Amy Murray said the city needs to ensure the safety of all its bridges.

"And so this one needed to be repaired. And replaced and we figured it is better to it before the Wasson Way bike trail goes in," she said.

"And so we're doing it in as quick of time as we can. And we're having crews to work here all the time to get the bridge finished."

City officials said business operators and residents have expressed concerns over how the closure will impact traffic in this east side neighborhood.

They said they will monitor the situation once the bridge is closed and adjust traffic lights in the area if needed.

Renae Norton lives on Brotherton Road, which is on the detour route. Though she understands road work has to be done, she's concerned about car accidents in the neighborhood. 

"If you're backing out of your driveway in this neighborhood and a lot of people do have to back out of the driveway. It can take several minutes to get out of the drive way," she said. 

For some local businesses, such as the Coffee Emporium, the closure has its pros and cons.

Joe McGrath is the manager at the Hyde Park location and said walking traffic isn't as direct anymore because of the closure, however he welcomes the fresh eyes of drivers making the detour.

"This could open the eyes of people who didn't know exactly where our location was, detour is always good for us in that sense," he said. 

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