Paul Gruner, P.E., P.S., Montgomery County Engineer, announced today that Stroop Road will be closed between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddock Drives for the total replacement of the bridge over Little Beaver Creek, and a detour will be in place. Construction is planned to start on Monday, September 11, 2017, with the closure starting almost immediately. The bridge will be reopened to traffic by December 31, 2017, weather permitting.
Through traffic will be required to take the detour, which will be clearly posted. The detour for the project is Woodman Drive and East Dorothy Lane. A map of the detour and other information about the project is contained on the City of Kettering webpage at: https://www.ketteringoh.org/stroop-road-bridge-replacement/.
Many popular destinations lie in the vicinity of the Stroop Road closure. City officials assure that access to the Rosewood Arts Centre, Indian Riffle Park, the Kettering schools located on Glengarry Drive and the Kettering Recreation Complex will be maintained during the bridge replacement project. Visitors to these locations should plan to use Dorothy Lane to reach Stroop Road east of the road closure. Motorists driving east on Stroop Road from Wilmington Pike or Woodman Drive will encounter the complete closure of the roadway and will not be able to access entryways to these destinations without using the recommended detour.
The existing bridge carrying approximately 15,000 vehicles a day has reached the end of its serviceable life and will be totally replaced; rehabilitation is not possible due to flood plain regulations that require a longer span. The primary work will be total replacement of the existing single 33-foot span adjacent pre-stressed concrete box beam superstructure with a single 41-foot span cast-in-place reinforced concrete structure. George J. Igel & Co., Inc. of Columbus, Ohio was the successful low bidder at $1,050,099.80 and will be constructing the project. Emergency funding was obtained from the Ohio Public Works Commission for the construction of the project in the amount of $300,000 grant and $100,000 loan. The City of Kettering has partnered with Montgomery County and will be sharing the remaining costs.
The patience of the public, their following of the posted detours, and their careful, safe driving during this period is greatly appreciated.
Paul W. Gruner, P.E., P.S. – Montgomery County Engineer
Phone: (937) 422-4399