The next Woodside Drive bridge on Wayne County’s replacement schedule

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RICHMOND, Ind. – Motorists on West Eaton Pike and North 24th Street cross brand new bridges.

Those traveling to Woodside Drive will soon have this fun too. After a planned closure of 60 days, ie.

Bridge 101 is the next to be replaced on the Wayne County bridge schedule, according to Brandon Sanders, county engineer. The start of work is scheduled for September 27.

This will be the third replacement completed this year, all partially funded by grants. Federal funds through the Indiana Department of Transportation paid for 80% of the North 24th Street Bridge project, while the other bridges received matching grants from INDOT Community Crossings for 50% of the project costs. .

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“Wayne County is using these different funding mechanisms because they allow us to improve our bridge infrastructure at an accelerated rate,” said Sanders. “Ultimately allowing us to keep our bridges safe and open to public travel.”

Bridge 266 on North 24th Street was closed in August 2019 after an inspection revealed serious deterioration of the bridge. It had received a $ 1.28 million grant in October 2016 for a replacement scheduled for 2021.

The full replacement project started this year in February and the bridge was opened to vehicles in early August. American Structurepoint was the design engineer for the project and Milestone the contractor.

The Esteb Road Bridge over Elkhorn Creek is one of three bridges that will be replaced by Brumbaugh Construction during an upcoming bridge project.

On average, 1,000 vehicles a day cross the bridge.

The complete replacement of Bridge 77 on West Eaton Pike began in late March, and the new bridge was opened in early July to an average of 2,800 vehicles per day.

A matching grant from Community Crossings funded 50% of the project, which had SJCA Inc. as the design engineer and Hoosier Pride as the contractor.

The Woodside Drive Bridge is one of three bridge projects awarded to Brumbaugh Construction in April with a bid of $ 1,719,471. All three bridges were tendered to maintain budgetary flexibility and received a matching grant from Community Crossings for 50% of the cost.

The other two, bridge 27 on Esteb Road and bridge 225 on Beard Road in economy are expected to be built from spring 2022.

The county has also applied for Community Crossings grants for bridge projects on North West L Street and South Street in Hagerstown.

The county government is responsible for the maintenance of the 234 county bridges.

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