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The Gebhart Church bridge “was just in poor shape,” Stanley said. He noted that for the past few years the Twelfth Street bridge’s deteriorating condition has made it off limits to school buses and vehicles of similar weight.
That issue is magnified because the Miamisburg City School District’s transportation facility is only yards away.
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“We’re very pleased that they’re…. getting rehabbed and replaced,” he said. “It addresses two of our lowest rated bridges in our system.
“Most significantly, for 12th Street (it) was load-rated – based on the annual inspections,” Stanley said. “It will allow certain weighted vehicles to go across there – most notably, the buses were rerouted on 12th Street as a result of that rating. It will certainly allow the buses to use that route again.”
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The city’s combined costs for both projects will be $160,000 for the Twelfth Street project, as it is getting nearly matching state Issue 2 funds. The $700,000 Gebhart Church Road project will be paid by the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Ohio Bridge Partnership Program, according to the city.
The construction has caused detours, impacting the Greater Dayton RTA’s bus Route 60 until April 19, RTA said. Officials said a handful of stops are closed and temporary ones have been added. Stanley said he expects the work Gebhart Church to reopen by early summer.
The Twelfth Street project is in the design phase and construction should occur “later this year,” Stanley said.