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* News Release *
Thursday, October 10, 2002
For Immediate Release

Oxford Middletown Road to Close October 21

A contract for two bridge replacements will get under way this fall, according to Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. Bridges on Oxford Middletown Road in Wayne Township and California Road in Morgan Township will be replaced utilizing funds from the OPWC's (Ohio Public Works Commission) State Issue 2 grant program.

Work will begin first on the Oxford Middletown Road bridge, which crosses a branch of Nine Mile Creek. The existing structure is a narrow, concrete slab bridge built in 1900 and will be replaced by a nine-foot corrugated culvert pipe. Construction is expected to take approximately four to five weeks, after which crews will begin replacement of the California Road bridge, located just south of Ohio 129 over Kiata Creek. The current steel beam structure built in 1969 will be replaced with a 16-foot conspan.

The contract for both projects was awarded to W. G. Stang, Inc., of St. Clair Township, which submitted a low bid of $221,835. The Butler County Engineer's Office secured State Issue 2 funds to help pay for half of the project's cost; the remaining local match amount will consist of BCEO money.

Oxford Middletown Road Closing

Replacement of the Oxford Middletown Road bridge will begin October 21, 2002. The road will close 0.7 mile east of Wayne Milford Road and 0.1 mile west of Waynes Trace Road. The project is tentatively scheduled for completion the week of November 18, 2002.

During construction, eastbound Oxford Middletown Road traffic will detour south on Wayne Milford Road, east on Tolbert Road, and north on Waynes Trace. Westbound traffic will reverse this route.

Motorists are encouraged to check the Road Closings page here on the BCEO web site as the best possible source for possible date and status changes concerning this closure.

Photo: Existing Oxford Middletown Road Bridge.
Photo: Top view, existing California Road Bridge.
Photo: Side view, existing California Road Bridge.

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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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