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* News Release *
Wednesday, January 2, 2002
For Immediate Release

Morgan Township
New Bridge Construction Under Way

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that the California Road Bridge over Dry Fork Creek in Morgan Township will close effective Friday, January 4, 2002 due to safety concerns. The bridge is located 0.2 mile north of South Dwyer Road and 0.3 mile south of Ohio 126.

Construction of the nearby Okeana Drewersburg Road bridge is complete, so local motorists may utilize the following detour:

Northbound California Road traffic will be re-routed east on Okeana Drewersburg Road and northwest on Ohio 126 (Cincinnati Brookville Road) to California Road. Southbound traffic will reverse this route.

The emergency closing of California Road will be in effect until new bridge construction is completed this June. Work began last fall to replace the existing steel truss structure, which was built in 1953. The new bridge is being constructed on a new alignment to the east of the old bridge.

BCEO engineers had planned to keep the existing bridge open during construction with only a two week closure necessary to tie in the newly aligned roadway with the new structure. However, recent deterioration and unauthorized crossings by overweight vehicles have stressed the existing bridge, making it increasingly unsafe. The aging structure will be dismantled when construction of the new bridge is complete.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849

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