Washington Twp. bridge reopens

5:55 p.m Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 Centerville
A bridge on Alex-Bell Road over Holes Creek in Washington Twp. has reopened slightly ahead of schedule following a major reconstruction that began in early September. DREW TANNER / STAFF

A bridge on Alex-Bell Road over Holes Creek in Washington Twp. has reopened slightly ahead of schedule following a major reconstruction that began in early September.

Located about 300 feet west of McEwen Road, the 118-foot-long bridge underwent a total rehabilitation forcing the drivers of about 12,700 vehicles a day to take alternate routes.

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Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner cautions that with the bridge open, traffic patterns in the area will change, particularly at the Mad River Road intersection where there will once again be westbound traffic on Alex-Bell Road.

Weight limits had been put in place due to the deteriorated condition of the old bridge. Now that workers have replaced the old spans with new prestressed concrete spread box beams and a composite concrete deck, those load limits have been removed, according to the county engineer.

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Brumbaugh Construction, Inc. of Arcanum completed the $703,442 project. The county secured funding through an Ohio Department of Transportation State/Federal exchange program and the Ohio Public Works Commission.

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