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* Media Advisory *
 
Friday, July 12, 2002
For Immediate Release

CALIFORNIA ROAD BRIDGE OPENING
Dedication Ceremony

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announces that the new California Road bridge over Dry Fork Creek in Morgan Township will open to traffic next Thursday, July 18. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting will be held at 12:00 noon to dedicate the bridge to all U.S. veterans and prisoners of war. The spectacular new bridge was designed and engineered by one of Butler County's World War II veterans who was also a POW.

Several state and local officials have been invited to attend, including U.S. Congressmen John Boehner and Steve Chabot, State Senator Scott Nein, State Representative Shawn Webster, the Butler County Commissioners, Morgan Township Trustees, and a host of U.S. war veterans and POWs.

Event details are as follows:

    Date: Thursday, July 18, 2002.
    Time: 12:00 noon with lunch to follow at nearby Governor Bebb MetroPark.
    Location: California Road Bridge #04.312, Morgan Township.
    Directions: Ohio 126 (Cincinnati Brookville Road) west to California Road. South on California Road approximately 1/2 mile to bridge.

The new California Road bridge replaces an aged steel truss structure built in 1953. It was constructed on a straighter alignment to the east of the old bridge, thus eliminating the dangerous s-curves and steep hillside approach to the north side of the old bridge. Spanning 500 feet across the ravine below, the new $2 million structure is the highest bridge on the Butler County road system.

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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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