Butler County Engineer
Greg Wilkens announces that replacement of a major bridge on
Trenton Franklin Road is slated to begin in early September.
The existing bridge, which crosses Browns Run in Madison Township,
is an aging two-span steel beam structure built in 1940. It will
be replaced by a three-span, pre-stressed concrete box beam bridge
that will be twelve feet wider.
"The new bridge
will still carry two lanes of traffic, but those lanes will be
wider and there will be full shoulders," Wilkens said. "Motorists
and local residents will have a much safer bridge when the new
structure is completed."
A contract for the
project was awarded to SK Construction of Middletown which submitted
a low bid of $737,883. Federal LPA funds were secured by the
Butler County Engineer's Office to help pay for 80 percent of
the project's cost. The remaining local match amount consists
of BCEO funds.
Crews will start work
on September 7 with completion scheduled for early January 2005.
Since the bridge will be closed during construction, northeastbound
Trenton Franklin Road traffic will detour east on Ohio 122, northeast
on Carmody Boulevard, and north on Ohio 4. Southwestbound traffic
will reverse this route.