“This one took us by surprise because the defects are in the tops of the concrete box beams, and the concrete has gone bad,” said Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner. “Hopefully it doesn’t deteriorate significantly between now and then.”
The deficient box beams were at the center of the structure, which was built in 1963. Closer scrutiny later on found additional deterioration elsewhere.
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
“Seeing this deterioration was not necessarily a surprise, but seeing how advanced it was I think came as a surprise to the county,” said Steven Bergstresser, Kettering’s engineer and assistant city manager
Officials said the tops are covered in asphalt, which hindered inspections.
The county engineer determined that no traffic should drive on the middle section of the bridge. The inside lanes in both direction have been closed.
The problem area has been secured with steel plates that were paved over. The bridge right now has a 15-ton weight restriction. Stroop Road handles 15,000 vehicles per day.
“This is one of the vital corridors in Kettering for transportation,” Bergstresser said.
The project will be about $1.3 million for construction and about $100,000 for engineering, officials said
The Ohio Public Works Commission committed emergency funding for the project, including a $300,000 grant and $100,000 loan.
Kettering likely will pitch in $450,000 or more for the project, and the county expects to pick up a little more than that.
The new bridge will be longer in order to meet flood plain requirements. The structure will likely to be fully closed during construction to speed up the timeline for completion, Gruner said. It may not be closed during the entire project.
Detours may direct traffic to Dorothy Lane or Woodman Drive.
The Stroop Road bridge is one of 520 that are the county’s responsibility. Kettering is home to about 35 bridges.