MANSFIELD -- Work on an historic North Lake Park bridge came to an official end Tuesday morning when the Mansfield Board of Control approved a final change order related to the project.
Ironically, the change order reduced the final price by $17,007, according to Mansfield city engineer Bob Bianchi.
The final cost for the work, began in the summer of 2020, was $772,757.45. The city received a $500,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission, which covered about 65 percent of the costs.
The work was done by R&I Construction Inc. from Tiffin, a company certified by the Ohio Department of Transportation to do such projects.
"It's a beautiful bridge," Bianchi said.
The original bridge, built in 1898, was a double-barrel arch that utilized three layers of brick, the engineer said. The remade bridge features one arch of precast concrete and has a sandstone veneer.
That veneer includes sandstone salvaged from the original bridge, as well as sandstone salvaged from local demolished homes, Bianchi said.
The city's portion of the work came from its sewer funds.
The 121-year-old sandstone structure crosses the creek just before it flows into the lake at the park on the city's northeast side. The northern section of the wall on the western side of the bridge had completely collapsed and concrete barriers were placed there for safety.
At the time, Bianchi said the twin arches under the bridge were "flattening out" and becoming unsafe.