After rebidding the project, West Carrollton plans to replace the Elm Street Bridge near the center of town next year. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Cost of replacing 79-year-old West Carrollton bridge drops with rebid

The lowest of three proposals to rebuild the 79-year-old Elm Street bridge was $1,034,513, about 2 percent higher than estimated costs but substantially lower than the first round of bids earlier this year, according to West Carrollton City Manager Brad Townsend.

The initial bids earlier this year prompted the city to postpone the project – which had been set to start this past summer – until 2020.

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Sunesis Construction in West Chester Twp. submitted the lowest bid, followed by Brumbaugh Construction Inc. of Arcanum at $1,058,798, city records show. R.B. Jergens of Vandalia bid $1,152,842.

“This price is much more competitive than the last time,” Townsend wrote in a memo to West Carrollton City Council. “Therefore, we feel much better about these numbers.”

The 23-foot structure just south of the center of town will be replaced with a 78-feet span to meet flood plain requirements for Owl Creek, which flows beneath it.

The city had projected a cost of $1,034,226 that the city plans to finance with a 50 percent grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission and a loan, officials said.

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An additional $390,000 was budgeted for design, right of way and construction contingencies. That included buying two houses that need to be demolished, according to the city.

Currently, construction is set to begin March 1 be complete by Aug. 4, city records show. As previously planned, that section of Elm would be closed during much of construction.

The maximum road closure is 120 days, according to West Carrollton records.

In May, AT&T replaced a utility line that was attached to the bridge and rerouted the line under Owl Creek. After the initial excavation work, additional temporary road closures were necessary to complete the line-splicing phase of the project, according to the city.

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