Two road and bridge projects ongoing for months in Kettering are expected to be done in the next few weeks.
Replacement of the Ridgeway Road bridge and the repaving of a section of Ohio 48/Far Hills Avenue will soon be in the rearview mirror for Kettering drivers while other work will either continue or start soon, according to the city.
The new $3 million Ridgeway Road bridge should be completed in mid-August. Kettering officials are targeting Aug. 16 for the bridge’s reopening to traffic, Assistant City Manager Steve Bergstresser said.
“Certainly all of the inconveniences that motorist have experienced and the surrounding neighborhoods experienced — all of that will be gone,” he said. “We’ll be back to having a safe crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists…over Dorothy Lane.”
Work remaining includes pouring concrete for sidewalks, some paving and completing light installation, Bergstresser said.
The project on the bridge near Community Golf Course and Oakwood began late last year. It led to overnight closings on parts of East Dorothy Lane and detours on Ohio 48 in December and April to remove beams and install new ones.
The new bridge is replacing a 54-year-old structure at a cost of about $2.67 million with a public art component budgeted at $350,000, Kettering records show.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is funding most of the costs, according to city documents. Other road projects include:
•Ohio 48/Far Hills: The $1.2 million ODOT repaving on one of the city’s most traveled routes is done and the remaining work should end by mid-August, Bergstresser said.
The project involves a 1.5-mile section from the Oakwood corporation line to David Road, where there is a daily average traffic count of nearly 26,000 vehicles, state records show.
Work on manholes, utilities, stripping and pavement reflectors should be done in next couple weeks, in time for the Holiday at Home parade, Bergstresser said.
•County Line Road: The $2.55 million widening of County Line, which started in June, is in the first of three phases that are expected to be done in fall 2022.
The five-lane expansion from Vale Drive to Dorothy Lane includes turn-lane closures, Kettering Assistant City Engineer John Sliemers said.
The first phase is expected to last through October 2021 and shift traffic to the west to widen the roadway to the east.
Traffic lanes are being maintained in both directions for residential areas and businesses, but congestion and delays are expected, according to the city.
There have been some utility issues, but most of eastern side of the road has been excavated, Bergstresser said.
“The focus in next weeks and months is to try to get all of the underground work” done, he said.
•Marshall Road: Concrete work is done for the resurfacing from East David to the city’s southern border, Kettering records show.
Paving is expected to start this month, with congestion expected while two-way traffic is maintained, Bergstresser said.
Drivers are not likely to see delays similar to those that have occurred on Ohio 48, he added.
•Ohio 835: This ODOT asphalt resurfacing that involves two sections totaling about a mile is expected start “relatively soon,” but a date hasn’t been set, Bergstresser said.
It will include parts of Woodman Drive and Research Boulevard near both the Beavercreek and Dayton corporation lines, city records show.
Drivers can expect lane closures and — during rush hour — delays, Bergstresser said.