Toledo City Councilors were told this week that ODOT is anxious to see the resumption of construction of the Highway 20 project. It’s been stalled for well over a year as ODOT and the contractor, Granite Construction, wrestle with a huge problem of giant hill migrations that make building highway bridges over them a big problem. The fourth and final bridge area is said to be the worst. ODOT and Granite have been negotiating back and forth trying to figure out a way around the problem. Project Manager Joe Squire told the council that both sides have covered a lot of ground in the discussions over the past year and that a number of options are being considered. One of them includes a possible major alteration in plans that might see the fourth and final bridge not being included in the project, making that section of the new highway more “at grade” than in the air. Squire told the city council that ODOT is very motivated to see construction resume this spring and hopefully have the project completed in a couple of years.
Squire emphasized that negotiations are still underway between ODOT and Granite and that no final decisions have yet been agreed to.