Woodman bridge in Kettering to undergo $700K construction

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Woodman bridge in Kettering to undergo construction

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The deterioration of steel in the Woodman Drive bridge in Kettering is to a point where Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner has decided to replace the bridge.

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Gruner estimates the bridge replacement will cost about $700,000 for the construction season-long project.

The project will begin tentatively between July 2018 and June 2019.

According to Gruner, the bridge replacement will include the “superstructure,” or the road way drivers travel along. The bridge will also be reduced to a 6-ton load bridge, meaning heavier delivery trucks will have to use alternate routes once the bridge is completed.

While a traffic study for how many vehicles over six tons pass over the bridge hasn’t been completed, Gruner estimates “several hundred” use it daily.

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Gruner said the county engineer’s office is looking into possibly maintaining traffic during construction by reducing traffic to one lane in each direction.

Several other bridges in Kettering are in the process of being repaired, including a bridge on Ghent Avenue and the Stroop Road bridge, a $1.4 million replacement project.

The bridge is located just northeast of the Wilmington Pike intersection.

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