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.