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* News Release *
 
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
For Immediate Release

RIVER ROAD BRIDGE TO BE REPLACED
Road Closing June 1
City of Fairfield / Fairfield Township

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that a significant bridge replacement on River Road is slated to begin June 1. Located just east of Burns Road at the City of Fairfield / Fairfield Township line, River Road Bridge #00.722 is a narrow steel pony truss with an 80-foot span built in 1959. It will be replaced by a new, wider concrete box beam structure.

A construction contract for the project was awarded to W.G. Stang, LLC of Hamilton which submitted a low bid of $548,075. A combination of State OPWC funds, BCEO, and City of Fairfield funds are being utilized to pay for the project.

All work is scheduled for completion by late September 2009, weather permitting.

Road Closing and Maintenance of Traffic

River Road will close at the City of Fairfield / Fairfield Township line for this bridge replacement beginning Monday, June 1, 2009. The road will be closed on the east side of Burns Road, or 1,000 feet northeast of Georgetown Road and 1.0 mile southwest of Lake Circle Drive.

Detours will be posted for all thru traffic but local access will be maintained for residents, businesses, and emergency vehicles; however, local access will be limited to either the southwest or northeast side of the bridge project, depending upon one's location.

The road is tentatively scheduled to reopen the week of September 28, 2009.

Detour: Northeastbound River Road traffic will detour south on U.S. 27 into Hamilton County, east on Kemper Road, north on U.S. 127 back into Butler County and the City of Fairfield, and west on Nilles Road to River Road. Southwestbound River Road traffic will reverse this route.

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

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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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