County Road Bridge Replacement Slated To Begin
OBPP project in Brown County will get under way next week
Chillicothe (Monday, August 1, 2016) – As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Bridge Partnership Program to provide local governments with the funds needed to replace or repair locally-owned bridges, a bridge replacement project on County Road 50 (Bethlehem Road) in Brown County will soon be under way.
Through the Ohio Bridge Partnership Program, approximately $120 million is being invested to repair or replace nearly 220 county and city bridges statewide through Fiscal Year 2017. Projects meeting eligibility criteria will be designed and constructed through the ODOT-Let process with 100% federal funds, meaning no local match funding will be required.
“ODOT has been working with the Ohio County Engineers Association and our local partners to help counties and cities improve the condition of their bridges and make Ohio’s bridges safer,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson. “Although these bridges are not on ODOT’s state highway system, they are still part of Ohio’s transportation network and fixing them is key to maintaining a safe and efficient highway system.”
Construction on Bethlehem Road is scheduled to start Monday, August 8, with crews from Coopers Excavating closing the route to traffic just north of the road’s junction with C.R. 14A (Decatur-Eckmansville Road). While the route is closed, motorists will be detoured locally by way of Township Road 223 (Rickey Road), T.R. 61 (Hughes Road) and Decatur-Eckmansville Road.
Coopers Excavating was awarded a contract for approximately $461,687 to replace the steel pony truss structure, and all work should be completed in late October.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio