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* News Release *
 
Thursday, June 2, 2005
For Immediate Release

ALLEN ROAD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SET TO BEGIN
West Chester Township

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that a major bridge replacement on Allen Road in West Chester Township will begin on June 8. Located just east of Windisch Road, the existing bridge is a narrow steel pony truss built in 1956 and was posted with load restrictions in December 2003. It will be replaced by a much wider three-span concrete box beam bridge designed to accommodate future upgrades to Allen Road and the nearby Windisch Road intersection.

Design and engineering of a new structure was accelerated due to the bridge's critical impact on the local business community, according to Wilkens. At his request, Butler County Commissioners passed a resolution last year declaring the Allen Road Bridge project an emergency. The resolution states that "the County Engineer considers the load limit and the resulting (load) limitations of traffic a hardship on the traveling public" and that the "bridge must be replaced as soon as possible."

"What this means is that we can bypass the conventional procedures required for hiring a design consultant," Wilkens explained in an earlier news release. Design and engineering of a new structure began almost immediately in an effort to expedite the actual construction phase more quickly. The aging structure was originally slated to be replaced in 2007 but the BCEO reallocated funding and revamped its project schedule to accommodate the project this year.

A contract for the project was awarded to SK Construction of Middletown which submitted a low bid of $479,502. State Issue 2 funds will be utilized by the Butler County Engineer's Office to help pay for 79 percent of the project's cost. The remaining local match amount consists of BCEO funds.

Road To Close For Three Months

BCEO engineers say that the road will be closed for about three months while the new bridge is built. Wilkens noted that Allen Road is an essential roadway for commerce in the Township's southern section. "This is a critical link for businesses and truck traffic. We plan to make every effort to expedite construction and reopen the road as soon as possible."

During the closure, eastbound Allen Road traffic will detour northeast on Muhlhauser Road, east on Union Centre Boulevard, and south on Cincinnati Dayton Road. Westbound traffic will reverse this route.

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

  • Photo: Allen Road Bridge #00.697. Top view looking west.
  • Photo: Allen Road Bridge #00.697. Side view.

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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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