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* News Release *
Friday, June 6, 1997
For Immediate Release

Mobilization Efforts Under Way

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that crews will be mobilized this afternoon to begin the first phase of repairs at the Hamilton New London Road bridge over Indian Creek.

Foster was granted authority by the Butler County Commissioners yesterday to commence emergency repairs immediately. Crews from SK Construction will move equipment to the site today and, weather permitting, begin relocating the stream channel tomorrow.

The oxbow toward the east side of the double truss bridge will be rechanneled to the west side of the middle pier. The east truss will then be temporarily shored up to keep the bridge from collapsing while the stream bank is stabilized to prevent further erosion.

An opening date for the bridge has not been determined, although Foster hopes to have work completed by the end of August. The bridge, located in Ross Township, was closed last Sunday night after high waters in rain-swollen Indian Creek washed out the bridge abutment and the adjoining roadway approach on the bridge's east side.

BCEO engineers were at the site immediately Monday morning studying possible design solutions. Boring samples were also taken to determine the stability of the embankment.

The BCEO is looking into the possibility of receiving assistance in the form of disaster relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). Since stream erosion appears to be a problem along the east bank upstream and downstream from the bridge, the BCEO will also contact the Army Corps of Engineers about the possibilities of shoring up those areas.

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