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* News Release *
Wednesday, July 30, 1997
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that design work for the Hamilton New London Road Bridge repair is nearly complete. The Engineer's Office will begin advertising the project in early August, and receive bids and let the contract in early September. Completion of the project is scheduled for late October. Plans call for the bridge's east abutment and approach to be rebuilt.

All emergency work to protect the existing superstructure has been completed. Crews were immediately mobilized following the bridge's closure to rechannel the stream and shore up the east truss to prevent the bridge from collapsing. The stream bank was also stabilized to stop any further erosion.

The bridge, located in Ross Township, was closed on June 1 after high waters in rain-swollen Indian Creek washed out the bridge abutment and the adjoining roadway approach on the bridge's east side.

The BCEO is working with local and state officials to receive disaster relief assistance from the Ohio Emergency Management Association (OEMA) to cover emergency work completed this Summer. BCEO officials have also applied to the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for State Issue 2 emergency funds for the upcoming project this Fall. "Our goal is a reimbursement of 75 to 80 percent emergency funding for everything," said Foster. "If we can accomplish that, it will certainly help to keep our regular projects on schedule as planned."

Persistent heavy rains caused three major roadway slips on Butler County roads last year, taking a toll on the BCEO's 1996 capital improvements plan. A paving contract and several culvert projects had to be postponed. Emergency funds eventually reimbursed the County for approximately a third of the slip repair costs.

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