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11 Clark County bridges to be replaced

Selma Road bridges will be the largest bridge projects the Clark County Engineer’s Office will undertake this year.

Clark County Engineer John Burr’s annual report shows the Selma Road bridges in Green Twp. will be among 11 bridge replacement projects in 2013 and will cost an estimated $1 million.

Ninety-five percent of the Selma Road project will be paid for with federal funds and about 5 percent of the funds will be paid using county money, Burr said.

Construction for the project at Selma and South River roads is expected to begin in late June, Burr said, adding that after a replacement, bridges typically last about 60 years.

“Today’s bridges are built to a higher capacity than the old ones because the load limits have been increased,” Burr said.

The bridge, which carries about 1,000 vehicle per day, will be closed through September.

In addition to the Selma Road bridge, the Marquart Road and the Tremont City Road bridges will also be replaced this year and will cost about $544,000 and $800,000, respectively.

About 74 percent of those projects will be paid for with state funds and about 26 percent or $400,000 will be paid for with money from Pike Twp., Burr said.

Burr said the Selma Road and Marquart bridges have been “load reduced” because of deterioration, and the Tremont bridge also needs to be replaced due to deterioration.

Construction on the Marquart Road bridge, which is a mile west of Ohio Route 235 in Pike Twp. and carries 331 vehicles per day, is expected to begin as early as late March.

Crews are expected to begin working on Tremont City bridge, which is west of Urbana Road in German Twp. and carries 2,000 vehicles per day, in April. Clark County commissioners voted on Tuesday to accept bids from eight construction companies vying to build the bridge.

The highest bid was more than $823,000 from R&I Construction, which operates in Kentucky and Ohio, and the lowest bid was more than $742,000 from Double Z Construction Company, which has offices in Columbus, according to county officials.

Eight other bridge replacement projects in the county that are expected to be completed this year will cost under $100,000, according to a report obtained by the Springfield News-Sun.

The bridges include: Jamestown Road, Folk Ream Road, Springfield Xenia Road, Snyder Domer Road, Old Columbus Road, North River Road and two South River Road bridges.

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