Delaware County Engineer 50 Channing Street Delaware, Ohio 43015
50 Channing Street Delaware, Ohio 43015
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Delaware County Engineer
Brown Road Bridge over Bokes
February 3, 2010: The Delaware County Engineer, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation, is studying options for rehabilitation or replacement of the Brown Road bridge over Bokes Creek, located about 8 miles west of the City of Delaware in Scioto Township. The existing bridge, built in 1915, is a Pratt through-truss and has been determined eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. This bridge is currently in poor structural condition and is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete by Federal Highway Administration criteria. The purpose of this project is to maintain the safety of motorists crossing Bokes Creek on TR 176 and to improve the functionality of the bridge.
The County Engineer would like to identify any interested persons or organizations that wish to be consulting parties for the Section 106 (National Historic Preservation Act) process. The County Engineer has identified two feasible alternatives for the project; one includes rehabilitation of the existing truss bridge and the other includes replacement with a new bridge. The Engineerâ€™s Office would like your input and invites you to submit your feedback by email to email@example.com. You can also contact the County Engineerâ€™s Office by writing to 50 Channing Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015 or by calling 740-833-2431.
(Historic) Resources -- Section 106
Who are the Consulting Parties?
The project site is located on Brown Road (Township Road 176) just north of State Route 37 about 2 miles southeast of Magnetic Springs, Ohio.
The existing 125-foot long Pratt through truss over Bokes Creek was built in 1915 after the flood of 1913 destroyed the previous structure. The bridge currently has a number of deficiencies due to its age and normal deterioration that has happened over its 90+ year life span. The bridge was not originally designed to carry the large, heavy loads that are common today, including school buses, farm implements, fire and EMS vehicles and garbage trucks. Rehabilitation or replacement of the bridge was identified as a high priority project to ensure that adequate transportation is maintained in this area.
Road Closure Information:
The project is currently in preliminary engineering stage. Detailed design of the preferred alternative will happen through 2009-10 and purchasing necessary right of way will happen in 2010 and 2011. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2011.
Purpose and Need of the Project:
The project consists of evaluating potential structural improvements to address issues with the Brown Road Bridge. It is a Riveted Pratt Through Truss constructed in 1915 and carries one sixteen-foot lane of traffic over a single 117-foot span and has a total length of 125 feet. The bridge is both structurally deficient with a sufficiency rating of 29.2 and functionally obsolete because it fails to meet current ODOT design standards. According to the most recent bridge inspection, the structural deficiencies on the structure include: cracked and missing asphalt wearing surface, deteriorating trusses (rust, cracks, holes), damaged and rusted guardrail, and spalling of the north abutment. These deficiencies have led to a weight restriction of nine tons being posted for the structure. The existing geometric deficiencies on the bridge include both vertical and horizontal clearances.
Project Study Area Map:
Estimated Project Cost:
The current project budget is
$2.3 million. Federal local bridge program (LBR)
funding is approved for up to 95% of the estimated $1.5 million in
construction and construction engineering costs. The remaining
project costs will be paid for using Delaware County road and bridge
Questions or Comments?
The Delaware County Engineer would like to hear your opinions about the project. Please contact Rob Riley, Project Manager at 740-833-2400 or send your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.