One of Hamilton’s three bridges that span that Great Miami River will be closed for two weeks starting today for city construction work necessary for the Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill indoor sports complex.
Continuing through June 28, the Black Street Bridge will be closed so construction crews can build a sewer beneath North B Street, linking the sewer system with an area of the river’s flood levee that workers have breached to make the connection to the river.
“It’s a major inconvenience, but absolutely necessary for us to complete the work,” said Jim Logan, the city’s executive director of infrastructure.
The city has informed all the city’s major employers, he said.
If the weather cooperates, the bridge may be able to open sooner, “and we’ll open up as soon as we possibly can, but we have structured this to make it as painless as possible,” Logan said. “That’s why it was done in the summer, not during the school season.”
“For the last three weeks or so, you might have seen we have breached the levee wall on the north side of the bridge, and all of that is to put improvements in for the new storm-water system that will serve the site,” Logan said.
Signs have been posted along the route. Drivers will have to use the High-Main Bridge or the Columbia Bridge, which connects Pershing Avenue on the east side of the Great Miami River with New London Road on the western shoreline.
The sports complex is expected to attract 10,000 or more athletes and their families for tournaments and other events from several hours’ drive, and it also will have a convention center that’s expected to draw events, mostly during the week.
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