DAYTON — The Heathcliff Road Bridge over the Stillwater River reopened Tuesday, July 7 following the total rehabilitation of the bridge.
According to Paul Gruner, P.E., P.S., Montgomery County Engineer, the bridge closure was limited by contract to 120 days, which would have meant a reopening on July 21, but Brumbaugh Construction, Inc. was able to complete the work and reopen the bridge two weeks ahead of schedule.
“The Montgomery County Engineer’s Office thanks and congratulates Brumbaugh Construction on the expeditious completion of this project,” Gruner said.
Prior to the rehabilitation project it was estimated that 4,500 vehicles traversed the bridge per day. The bridge was originally built in 1968. The rehabilitation project involved the replacement of the four-span steel beam bridge with a four-span plate girder bridge on new abutments and rehabilitated piers. The bridge measures 328 feet in length and 28 feet wide.
The bridge is located between State Route 48 and Meeker Road, and the closure impacted Good Samaritan North Health Center and several other businesses in the area, including the Buckhorn Tavern.
“The patience of the public and area businesses during the closure and their careful, safe driving during this period was greatly appreciated,” Gruner added.
Those traveling on Meeker Road should note that there is a change in traffic conditions at the Heathcliff Road intersection and exercise additional caution, as there is now traffic using Heathcliff Road.