Webster Street Bridge project delayed until 2016

City will rebid bridge replacement; bids received this week were too high

The project will have to rebid, the city said Friday. The city expects to request new bids within a week or so. That means demolition and construction won’t begin until early next year, Steve Finke of the city of Dayton’s Department of Public Works, said.

Five bids were received by Thursday with cost estimates between $10.9 million and $12.4 million. The city’s estimate for the 18-month project is $9.4 million.

Finke said the city will reevaluate the amount of work required in the contract, including nearby street work, to see whether the extent of the project can be reduced.

The new Webster Street Bridge over the Mad River will replace a deteriorated 351-foot-long bridge built originally in 1916. It underwent a rehab in 1960.

The traffic detour for commuters will be Keowee Street to Monument Avenue, Finke said.

Meanwhile, Montgomery County has awarded the contract for the replacement of the Broadway Street Bridge over Wolf Creek in Trotwood to Eagle Bridge Co.

Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner said he expects construction to start before the end of this month. An exact schedule is still being developed and it’s unclear when the bridge will close to traffic.

Once construction begins, the bridge will be out until July 16, 2016. The Dayton Regional Transportation Authority will have to reroute buses when the bridge closes.

The estimated construction cost is $1.375 million and the low bid of Eagle Bridge Company was $1.213 million.

The detour for drivers will be Main Street to Wolf Creek Pike to Olive Road to Trotwood Boulevard.

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