Richland Bank elevator crane

A crane, operated by Aber's Towing and Crane of Ashland, transfers elevator parts to and from the roof of the Richland Bank building. 

MANSFIELD -- Two blocks of Park Avenue West between Main and Mulberry Streets were closed off Wednesday, as a yellow crane transferred equipment off and onto the roof of the Richland Bank building.

Chris Hiner, president of Richland Bank, said the bank is in the process of replacing the building's two elevators.

The eight-story building at 3 North Main Street is owned by the bank, but also houses various attorney's offices, the Boy Scouts of America and the Mansfield chapter of the NAACP.

After decades of maintaining the elevators, which date to the mid 1950s, it now makes more financial sense to modernize them.

"Maintenance costs were going up, it didn't make sense to keep throwing money at it," Hiner said.

Nevertheless, the project is a significant undertaking. The $625,000 project has been in the planning stages for about a year. Hiner said the installation should be complete by summertime. However, the road should reopen by Jan. 9. 

The crane, operated by Aber's Towing and Crane Service of Ashland, lowered  pieces of elevator equipment from the control room on the roof and lifted ten new pieces up. According to crane operator David Clark, the heaviest piece the crane handled for the project weighed 2,000 pounds.

The 90-ton crane had a 144-foot main boom and a 51-foot jib, but Clark said the trickiest part of the project was keeping people from walking through the work zone, adding that it can be a safety hazard for pedestrians to take a shortcut through the closed-off area.

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