- Ed Richter Staff Writer
Monroe is moving forward to begin rehabilitating a bridge servicing several large businesses on Salzman Road.
City Council approved an emergency resolution awarding a $239,025 contract to Ford Development Corporation to rehabilitate the Salzman Road bridge.
Ford Development Corporation submitted the lowest bid of the five bids the city received. Their bid was about $25,000 less than the engineer’s estimate. Officials said the company has done work in Monroe in the past to the city’s satisfaction.
Last month, the city accepted an emergency grant of $199,928 from the Ohio Public Works Commission to rehabilitate the existing bridge structure on Salzman Road. City officials said Monroe is paying the local match above what is covered by the grant.
Public Works Director Dan Arthur previously told council the current bridge will be lined with another metal bridge structure and the void space will be filled with grout.
Arthur said the rehab project will provide the city another estimated 50-year life span of the bridge without having to close the road to make the improvement. With Hankins Road being the only other access point to the large businesses south of the bridge, the city could not properly detour the truck traffic to replace the bridge in a typical construction process, Arthur said.
“Due to the uniqueness of this project, we were able to secure emergency grant funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission,” Arthur said.
Arthur said the city is currently reviewing shop drawings and the contractor will be ordering they bridge materials and begin construction in four to six weeks.
The project has a Nov. 30 completion date, he said.
Arthur said that the Butler County Transportation Improvement District is partnering with the city for grant funding and assisting with project review.