Kettering City Council OKs spending for police cruisers, new bridge

Orange plastic cones were placed on either ends of the Stroop Road bridge in Kettering. The bridge is expected to be replaced next year. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
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Orange plastic cones were placed on either ends of the Stroop Road bridge in Kettering. The bridge is expected to be replaced next year. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Bridge replacement, new police cruisers and a potential development site were all approved by the Kettering City Council, each by a 6-0 vote, Tuesday night.

The city will look to begin replacing the Ghent Avenue bridge by allowing the city manager to open the bidding process to contractors.

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The bridge work will include the removal and replacement of the existing concrete curb, walk and the asphalt road 50 feet before and after the span. Montgomery County will be replacing the water main under the bridge.

Adjustment of the existing utilities for the placement of the new span will also be included. The bridge will be closed for the duration of the project.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $600,000, with Kettering budgeted to contribute $400,000.

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The council also approved the rezoning of a building at 3085 Woodman Drive.

The three-story office building could offer possible retail space on the ground floor to “allow additional flexibility,” which isn’t possible under current zoning, according to city documents.

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The city will also look to purchase eight police cruisers as part of public service equipment and vehicle purchases, estimated to cost $1 million.