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* News Release *
 
Thursday, May 15, 2014
For Immediate Release

YANKEE ROAD BRIDGE SET FOR REHABILITATION
Road Closing June 2
City of Middletown

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that Yankee Road will close for a bridge rehabilitation beginning June 2. Located in the City of Middletown and spanning Dick's Creek just south of Oxford State Road, the bridge is a continuous steel beam structure built in 1968. The Engineer's Office plans to rehabilitate the existing structure by replacing the concrete deck and steel beams, replacing expansion joints, and installing new approach slabs and guardrail.

A construction contract for the project was awarded to the Eagle Bridge Company of Sidney, Ohio which submitted a low bid of $1,107,259. Funding consists of Federal LBR grant money and local BCEO matching funds.

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

While the jurisdiction of County Engineers is primarily roads and bridges in unincorporated areas, some bridges within municipalities are also the responsibility of the county, per the Ohio Revised Code. These are typically located on county roads that lead into municipalities such as Yankee Road. Wilkens notes that the Yankee Road bridge carries a high volume of truck traffic due to its location within a heavily industrial area, increasing the wear and tear on the bridge.

Road Closing and Maintenance of Traffic

Yankee Road will close 0.9 mile north of the Todhunter Road (or 0.5 mile north of MADE Industrial Drive) and 0.1 mile south of Oxford State Road for the bridge rehab beginning Monday, June 2, 2014. The road is tentatively scheduled to reopen the week of September 22, 2014.

During this closure, local access will be maintained for residents, businesses, and emergency vehicles from either side of the bridge, depending upon one's location, but motorists will not be permitted to pass through the construction zone and detours will be posted for all thru traffic.

Detour: Northbound Yankee Road traffic will detour east on Todhunter Road, south on the south leg of Yankee Road, west on Ohio 63, north on Ohio 4, and east on Oxford State Road. Southbound traffic will reverse this route. Note: Trucks unable to cross the railroad tracks on Todhunter between the north and south legs of Yankee shall be required to obtain a permit from the City of Monroe to proceed west on Todhunter to Ohio 4.

Motorists are encouraged to check the Road Closings page here on 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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