Cleveland Metropolis Council OKs hiring Cuyahoga County to switch water fundamental when it replaces Hilliard Street bridge


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Legislation approved by Cleveland City Council on Wednesday allows the city to mandate Cuyahoga County to replace a 36-inch aqueduct over the Rocky River when the county replaces the Hilliard Road Bridge.

The planning work for the bridge project is expected to begin in 2022. The span removal and the construction of the replacement project would begin the following year and take more than a year, according to Cuyahoga County.

Built in the 1920s, the span is one of the few bridges that connect Lakewood and Rocky River. The Hilliard Road Junction is just south of Interstate 90.

In 1994, the Cleveland Water Department installed the aqueduct to provide a link between the Crown Water Treatment Plant and the Garrett A. Morgan Waterworks Facility.

The aqueduct is expected to cost approximately $ 1.3 million to design and replace.

Hiring the county to plan the replacement line at the same time as planning the new bridge is cheaper than having the city do the work after the fact, said Martin Keane, deputy director of utilities.