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* News Release *
 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
For Immediate Release

COCHRAN ROAD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT KICKS OFF 2017 CONSTRUCTION SEASON
Road Now Closed
Hanover Township

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.

Road Closing 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 route.

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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