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Montgomery County will repair $1.6 M Huber bridge

Erosion at the Bellefontaine Road bridge. CONTRIBUTED
Erosion at the Bellefontaine Road bridge. CONTRIBUTED

A Huber Heights bridge that has been closed for several months will be replaced by Montgomery County this year.

The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners approved replacing the bridge at Bellefontaine Road for $1.6 million at their meeting on Tuesday.

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Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner said the 60-year-old bridge had significant erosion damage. The bridge is technically a pike, Gruner said, but is wide enough to be considered a bridge by the state’s standards.

“We’re considering it an emergency,” Gruner said. “There is erosion on both sides of the pike.”

The bridge has been closed to through traffic for a few months already, but will reopen in December, Gruner said.

The Ohio Department of Transportation conducted a study of the area and recommended replacing the Bellefontaine bridge with a larger one to help with future erosion. Gruner said he will have a better idea of the project will do that when bids for the work come back in June.

According to county data, about 2,200 cars drive the bridge daily.

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Commissioners approved a design-build contract, which will allow the design and construction to be done under a single contract and save time.