HUDSON — The city took a major step forward on a project to reconstruct Owen Brown Street and replace the bridge.

Council on March 3 approved a $114,056 contract with GPD Group for professional services for the study phase of a project to replace the bridge on Owen Brown Street that travels over the Brandywine Creek tributary.

The Brandywine Creek Watershed Study performed last year found the current bridge is "undersized" and needs to be replaced, according to city documents. The project would include evaluation of a new size and type of bridge, downstream impacts, environmental impacts, aesthetics and a traffic calming feature.

Replacement of the bridge is expected to happen in 2022 following design work in 2020-2021. The overall cost of the bridge project (design and construction) — which City Engineer Bradley Kosco estimated at $1.4 million-$1.5 million — is being reimbursed by Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

The replacement of the bridge will be coordinated with a project to reconstruct Owen Brown from Morse Road to North Main Street. The work will consist of replacing the road base, storm sewer upgrades, brick accents and traffic calming. The design work for the $300,000 road project will happen in 2021 and construction will occur in 2022. The road pavement is in "poor condition due to the existing roadway base," according to information from the city.

A sanitary sewer overflow currently exists on Owen Brown, east of the bridge. The city wants to install a new overflow chamber and underground storage system to eliminate the overflow. This new system would be connected to a new pump station and forcemain at the end of Morse Road. The dates for design and construction have not yet been determined.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421,, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.