Written by Cynthia L. Jacoby
April 13, 2012
Two area bridges in central Ottawa County will be closed to traffic when renovations begin in May.
B. Hillz Excavating Inc. was recently awarded the $220,902 contract for replacement of two bridges over LaCarpe Creek on Behlman Road and Benton-Carroll Road, according to Ottawa County Commissioners’ records.
“The work should begin sometime around the first of May,” Ottawa County Engineer Dave Brunkhorst said Tuesday.
The work is necessary because the structural integrity of each bridge is degrading, he said.
The arch bridges will be reconfigured using a box concrete culvert below the main bridge structure, he explained.
An example of this is the replacement culvert work done on the bridge on Four-Mile House Road near Elmore East Road in Harris Township about seven years.
Brunkhorst had just settled into his new position as engineer when the bridge began collapsing, requiring an emergency replacement.
Expect the commute across Ottawa County roads to get a little slower in days to come.
Work is expected to begin on the spring and summer resurfacing projects. Traffic will either be slowed by detours or delays caused by two-lane roads reduced to one lane of travel.
County commissioners, on the recommendation of Brunkhorst, awarded two roadwork contracts recently totaling more than $1.2 million in late March.
The larger contract of $847,027.80 went to M & B Asphalt Co. for concrete resurfacing of various township roads.
Erie Blacktop received the $409,097 contract for the bituminous treatment of various township and county roads.
Start dates haven’t been determined yet. Brunkhorst said there will be a pre-construction meeting soon with company representatives to figure out start dates and road closures necessary.
Contracts state the work will be done by July 31.
The crews will also work with Brunkhorst to determine where they will start.
There is no single large project in this 2012 resurfacing project. “It’s a bit here and bit there of various county and township roads,” Brunkhorst said.