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“The problem is that a railing needs to be installed before we can open it. The railing is to be provided by a subcontractor for the contractor to install it,” he said. “We are putting pressure on the contractor and subcontractor, but we can’t open it without the railing. Since this is the only remaining task for the contractor, there is no work being done at the site.”
By late morning, Gruner offered an update that likely made motorists traveling in that area happy.
“I’ve just been informed that it just opened,” he said.
Two other Kettering bridge projects are coming.
ODOT will pay up to $2 million in construction costs to replace the Ridgeway Road Bridge for all modes of traffic, including vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. The total estimated cost to replace the bridge, including engineering design and right-of-way costs, is $2,600,000.
Construction on the new bridge will begin in late 2020 or early 2021, when ODOT funding will become available.
The other project is a $350,000 bridge replacement that includes a public art installation and retaining wall work as part of reconstruction of the Shantz Avenue bridge. Work is expected to begin in 2019.
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