Today, Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner, P.E., P.S., announced an update to the Bellefontaine Road closure at the bridge just south of I-70.
“The bridge is suffering from severe soil erosion and is 60 years old, and the Ohio Department of Transportation had also notified us that the bridge needs to have a larger span,” Gruner said. “Therefore, we decided the time was right to proceed with a total bridge replacement project.”
The Bellefontaine Road Bridge Replacement project was recently approved to move forward as a design-build project at an estimated cost of $1,600,000 by the Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners on May 5, 2020.
Advertising for the design-build project will beginning on Friday, May 8, 2020 and bids will be due on June 24, 2020. The construction is to be completed, and the road reopened to traffic, on December 11, 2020.
“We want to get this project done in the shortest possible time so that the road can be reopened sooner, which is why we are pursuing a design-build project,” Gruner said. “The design-build approach allows the engineering design team to work directly with the contractor, which can save several months.”
The County Engineer has been conducting yearly inspections of the bridge. City of Huber Heights closed the road on March 27, 2020, because of concerns for the safety of the traveling public identified by the County Engineer. The bridge, a large corrugated metal pipe arch, was experiencing severe soil erosion at both ends of the structure, and the soil erosion was beginning to threaten the roadway.
“We believe that erosion issues at this structure may have begun when we had the huge storm in 2014 that flooded I-70, and since then erosion has gradually increased,” Gruner said. “We had hoped an erosion control project would work, but it soon became evident that there was also erosion underneath the structure and it would need to be totally replaced.”
The County Engineer appreciates the patience of the public as the bridge replacement project gets underway, asking that all motorists follow posted detours and travel carefully through the area.
Through traffic is required to continue taking the detours, which are clearly posted. The Northbound detour is turning left to go westbound on Taylorsville Road, then turning right to go northbound on Brandt Pike (SR 201), then turning right to go eastbound on Shull Road and following this circuitous road back to Bellefontaine Road. The Southbound detour follows this path in the opposite direction.