Otherwise he said they would have had to close it permanently — which would have caused a “pretty sizeable” detour — until funding came through to replace it. He said they were awarded the CEAO grant a couple years ago but it usually takes four or five years to actually get the cash.
He said the County Engineer’s Association had some other projects statewide fall off their funding radar so “they had a gap or some funding available and we were able to get it moved up from where it was originally scheduled.”
Brumbaugh Construction, Inc. is building the new bridge, which is tentatively scheduled to reopen in late June.
Schwieterman said Brumbaugh “has usually been pretty successful for us in the past as far as meeting the schedules we’ve agreed on” so baring any of the nagging post-pandemic issues with labor shortages and supply chain problems they’ll meet the deadline.
Madison Twp. Trustee Brian McGuire, who lives in that area, said the detour signs started going up on Tuesday and he’s “happy to see it get going” because “it gets used a lot.”
“I’m glad see it, actually they’re getting started a lot earlier than what they planned on...,” McGuire said. “Elk Creek Road is a little bit of a main artery road I guess you could say all through the township.”
During the project northbound Elk Creek Road drivers will detour east/southeast on Ohio122 and north/northwest on West Alexandria Road. Southbound traffic will reverse this route.
The state also has a project in the works for that area, a new roundabout at the accident prone intersection of Elk Creek Road and Ohio 122, but it isn’t scheduled to begin until next year.
Kathleen Fuller, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said the $2.6 million roundabout project is still in development and construction should begin in the fall of 2024 or spring of 2025.
“We can’t wait to get that going too,” McGuire said. “That’s a very, very dangerous intersection.”
Drivers are encouraged to check the BCEO website PROJECTS MAP, as well as Facebook and Twitter @bceonews, for possible date and status changes concerning this and other closures/advisories.