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* News Release *
 
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
For Immediate Release

DESIGN-BUILD PROJECTS COMPLETED
Process Declared A Success

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announces that the Design-Build projects, on both State and Hine Roads, started last year, have been completed. These two bridges were constructed using federal monies allocated for bridge projects only. Butler County was one of fifteen applicants authorized by the state to utilize this process at the county level.

"It was a success," Wilkens said. "The projects were built without any major cost overruns and delivered ahead of schedule, thanks to good planning on the part of my staff, the consulting engineers, and the contractor."

Design-Build is a concept in which the design and construction elements of a project are combined to complete the project in a much shorter time frame. In general, the contractor and engineering firm work together to develop a proposal for constructing a project. This has been used in building construction for a number of years but is relatively new to the road and bridge business, according to Wilkens.

The time savings with Design-Build projects is realized by eliminating the lead time necessary to contract an engineering firm for design and then accept bids from contactors to build the design. Projects move from design to construction much more efficiently through the use of the single Design-Build contract.

"The key to success," according to Wilkens, "is that you have to be very definitive in the proposal about what you want. We knew exactly what we wanted, right down to the smallest detail."

The new State Road bridge, which crosses Seven Mile Creek in Milford Township, replaced an aging steel truss structure that was built in 1935. The Hine Road bridge in Ross Township replaces an old concrete T-beam structure built in 1940. Both bridges were constructed by Brumbaugh Construction which submitted a low bid of $969,226.

Related news release.

State Road bridge photos.
~ Photo 1: Old bridge - top view (2002).
~ Photo 2: Old bridge - side view (2002).
~ Photo 3: Old bridge - another side view (2002).
~ Photo 4: Construction of new bridge (March 2003).
~ Photo 5: Construction - setting beam (April 2003).
~ Photo 6: Construction - setting beam (April 2003).
~ Photo 7: Construction - delivering beams (April 2003).
~ Photo 8: Construction - delivering beams a difficult task backing across railroad (April 2003).
~ Photo 9: Construction - delivering beams a difficult task backing across railroad (April 2003).
~ Photo 10: Construction - new beams in place on half of bridge (April 2003).
~ Photo 11: Construction - setting beams (April 2003).
~ Photo 12: Construction - setting beams (April 2003).
~ Photo 13: Construction - County Engineer Greg Wilkens at construction site (April 2003).
~ Photo 14: Complete (May 2003).
~ Photo 15: Complete - side view (May 2003).
~ Photo 16: Complete - underside view (May 2003).
 
Hine Road bridge photos.
~ Photo: Old bridge - top view (June 2002).
~ Photo: Old bridge - top side view (June 2002).
~ Photo: Construction - setting beams (April 2003).
~ Photo: Construction - setting beams (April 2003).
~ Photo: Construction - setting beams (April 2003).
~ Photo: New bridge (May 2003).

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For more information contact:

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


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