West Carrollton is planning to replace the Elm Street Bridge just south of the center of downtown. Southbound truck drivers are warned with the sign seen above. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

West Carrollton to replace 79-year-old bridge in 3-month road closing

West Carrollton has agreed to buy one of a handful of parcels around the Elm Street Bridge as the weight-limited crossing will be replaced with a span more than three times longer, city officials said.

The project’s estimated cost is about $1.3 million to replace the bridge built in 1940. The work will require a detour.

“The plan is close Elm Street at the bridge,” West Carrollton Service Director Rich Norton said. “So we’re going to post a detour because the construction can go quicker if we can just close the road.”

It will also involve the purchase of land, including parcels on Elm Street, according to the city.

West Carrollton has agreed to buy 402 S. Elm for $75,000 and is nearing a deal on the land at 403 for a similar price, Norton said.

Two parcels on Shadybrook Lane will also be needed to make room for the new bridge, he said.

The city estimates about $200,000 will needed for right-of-way issues to replace the 23-foot span with one 75 feet long. The longer bridge will accommodate Owl Creek, which flows beneath, when it is expanded to 70 feet wide, city officials said.

Half of the project is being financed with an Ohio Public Works Commission loan and the rest through a state grant, city records show.

Actual construction is projected at $940,000 with design and contingencies targeted for about $94,000 each, Norton said.

City officials began looking at funding options for the bridge’s replacement about two years ago. At that time, they labeled the condition of the 20-ton limited structure as “dire.”

Now, West Carrollton Mayor Jeff Sanner said, “I’m looking forward to that getting done.”

Property acquisition is targeted for completion by the end of April. Work to reroute utility lines around the bridge and demolition of homes the city is buying is expected to be completed by June, Norton said.

Elm Street near the bridge should close around Aug. 1 and completion of the new bridge is projected for the end of October, he said.

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