The county and Washington Twp. are moving forward with plans on a $875,000 reconstruction project regarding the Alex Bell bridge. A similar bridge project on Alex-Bell Road over Holes Creek in Washington Twp. reopened in 2017.

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Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner told the Dayton Daily News that the $875,000 construction project involves a significant rehabilitation of the bridge that is located just east of Mad River Road.

“It is identical to the bridge on Mad River Road that we just did last year,” he said. “We are doing pretty much the same work to it.”

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“The project will probably start in June and will take about 90 days to complete,” Gruner said. “There will be detours posted while the work is being completed.”

He added that detours will include, Yankee Street to State Route 725 (Miamisburg Centerville Road) to McEwen Road and back down to Alex Bell.

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“We will be advertising for bids on the project and they will be due in about three to four weeks,” Gruner said. “Bids for the project will be due on May 20.”

He said that there are about 9,000 vehicles a day that use Alex Bell and the bridge rehabilitation project will cause a significant inconvenience for motorists.

“There are other ways around, like if they are going farther south they might go all the way south on Mad River Road, or south on Yankee Street then east on 725 to their destination,” Gruner explained.

Township Administrator Jesse Lightle said the bridge project is a good investment to improve infrastructure in the township

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