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* News Release *
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
For Immediate Release

BCEO WORKING ON PLANS TO REPLACE BONHAM ROAD BRIDGE
Seeking Public Comment

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens is working on plans to replace the Bonham Road bridge over Four Mile Creek at the Oxford Township / City of Oxford line. Located next to Leonard G. Howell Park, the existing bridge is a single-span steel pony truss built in 1965. The Engineer's Office proposes to replace the old bridge with a new three-span concrete slab structure. As part of the project, the roadway approaches would be realigned to ease the curves, increase sight distance, and accommodate a safer approach.

A sidewalk/path along Bonham Road is also proposed. Starting on the south side of the road at the Miami University east stadium parking lot, the sidewalk will head southwest to Howell Park, crossing Bonham Road to the Park, then continuing along the north side of the road crossing the new bridge to Yager Stadium Drive, improving safety for pedestrians. In order to construct the project, 0.43-acres of permanent and 0.18-acres of temporary right-of-way would be needed from the Park along the northeast side of Bonham Road. This acquisition from the park will have a Section 4(f) de minimis impact. Click here to view a map which shows the project area, park impacts, and the proposed new sidewalk/path.

Construction is slated for 2016 at a current cost estimate of $2,104,000. Funding for the project would consist of Federal and local BCEO matching funds.

The BCEO is seeking public comment concerning the proposed park acquisition. Please direct all comments to the project design engineer:

David Quimby, P.E., S.I., Design Engineer
Butler County Engineer's Office
1921 Fairgrove Avenue
Hamilton, Ohio 45011-1965
Phone: 513-785-4112
Email: quimbyd@bceo.org

Comments will be received until January 21, 2015.

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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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