Plans to replace the Elm Street Bridge in West Carrollton have been delayed. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

NEW DETAILS: Traffic detour on hold as new bridge delayed in West Carrollton

The replacement of a 79-year-old West Carrollton bridge has been delayed until next year.

Reconstruction of the Elm Street Bridge just south of the center of town is on hold because the lone bid for the project came in 12 percent higher than budgeted, according to the city.

The plan to triple the length of the bridge – which was expected to close part of Elm and cause a traffic detour for about three months this summer – was expected to cost about $1.3 million, city officials said.

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The bridge has had weight limits placed on it and is in “dire” need of repair, officials have said.

West Carrollton will rebid the project and plans to complete the reconstruction during the summer of 2020, according to the city.

An engineer’s construction estimate to replace the current 23-foot structure with a 78-feet span would cost $940,205, city records show. Additional of nearly $390,000 were budgeted for design, right of way and construction contingencies.

The bridge is being lengthened to meet flood plain requirements for Owl Creek, which flows beneath it.

The city plans to finance the cost with a 50 percent grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission and a loan, officials said.

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