Most people probably couldn't believe it...that a construction project ended, not just on time, but before its scheduled completion date.
The project was construction work on the Washington Street Bridge, an important route into and out of Marietta. It connects the city directly with Ohio Route 7.
The work began in June, and was supposed to be completed some time in August. That cut right into the travel season, something quite important to Marietta's economy. In fact, the Campus Martius Museum, which has been threatened by state budget cuts, sits right at the foot of the bridge as you come into town.
Then, it was announced Thursday, July 30th, that the bridge would be reopened by late morning the next day.
Maybe it was because the construction workers were encouraged by a financial incentive for finishing the project early. Maybe it was because planning for the project was more than two years in the making. And, in an area which still remembers past bridge disasters, we hope the project was not only finished on time but properly.
But a lot of motorists who have had to detour around the bridge and through downtown Marietta, as well as via Corridor D in West Virginia, are no doubt happy they can return to their old driving patterns.