Butler County Engineer
Greg Wilkens reports that the 2017 road construction season kicks
off with a million dollar bridge project in Hanover Township.
The Cochran Road bridge over Indian Creek, an old steel beam
bridge with concrete deck built in 1962, is being replaced with
a new three-span cast-in-place concrete slab structure.
The BCEO had originally
planned to start construction next week; however, the bridge
was forced into an emergency closure yesterday after utility
crews accidentally damaged the protective guardrail. Wilkens
decided this morning to begin the replacement project immediately
to avoid any down time. "The contractor was ready to go,"
he said. "So we made the decision to start early despite
this week's ongoing wintry conditions."
A construction contract
for the project has been awarded to Eagle Bridge Company of Sidney,
Ohio which submitted a low bid of $1,413,880. Funding consists
of Federal grant money and local BCEO matching funds.
All work is scheduled
for completion by mid-July, weather permitting.
and Maintenance of Traffic
Cochran Road is closed
1.0 mile north of Ohio 129 and ten feet south of Reily Millville
Road for the bridge replacement effective March 13, 2017.
The road is tentatively
scheduled to reopen the week of July 17, 2017.
During this closure,
local access will be maintained for residents, businesses, and
emergency vehicles from the south (Ohio 129) side of the bridge.
Motorists will not be permitted to pass through the construction
zone and detours will be posted for all thru traffic.
Detour: Northbound Cochran Road traffic
will detour west on Ohio 129, north on Garner Road, and east
on Reily Millville Road. Southbound traffic will reverse this
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.