Major road work begins

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Workers from Brumbaugh Construction out of Arcanum began work on the Eldean Road bridge Monday and will continue to work for at least five months.

MIAMI COUNTY — Beginning this week, portions of Eldean Road will be closed to all traffic until this fall.

This year the county will be replacing the Eldean Road river bridge and making major improvements to the CSX railroad overpass. Though the closure will present a challenge to area drivers, the end result will be a three lane roadway, a safer railroad crossing, and a new river bridge.

Both Eldean Road projects have been planned so that the road will only close once, making things more convenient for county residents, Britt Havenar, the county’s chief deputy engineer, said.

“These projects coordinate with each other. So instead of doing one this summer and another next year, we’re getting them both done this year,” Havenar explained.

Both projects are expected to be completed by November. Havenar said drivers can expect this impact traffic traffic in the area, since many people use Eldean Road to bypass Troy.

Both projects are expected to take five to six months to complete and will include the widening of Eldean Road from two to three lanes through the County Road 25A intersection.

The existing river bridge will be demolished and a new, wider bridge constructed with pre-stressed concrete beams. Federal dollars makes up most of the funding — about 80 percent — for the $3.4 million replacement. The total county share is $148,997, or 5 percent.

The new bridge will also be wider than the old one, to match the widening of Eldean Road under the CSX overpass, Havenar said.

At the Eldean railroad crossing — infamous for being hit by tall trucks several times a year — the county will be increasing the vertical clearance of the overpass. This will be accomplished by raising the railroad tracks and by lowering the road elevation.

As with the bridge project, federal funding will cover most of the cost of the more than $3 million project. The county’s share is 20 percent, or about $700,598.

Eldean Road will be closed beginning at Lytle Road.

Other upcoming area road projects

Ohio Department of Transportation contractors will begin their paving project in Troy during this week. Areas to be paved include:

• The Square and Market Street from Nashville to just west of Barnhart (roughly where the four lane road starts)

• Main Street between Cherry and Walnut Streets

• Market Street between Franklin Street and Staunton Road

In order to minimize traffic concerns, all of the work in the downtown area will be completed at night between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. The contractor will work on Sunday through Thursday nights. Beginning at 9 p.m., each of those nights the downtown square including all quadrants will be completely closed to all traffic with no on-street parking allowed until 6 a.m. Each morning the road will be reopened to traffic.

The contractor will begin with the milling operation that will take about a week to complete. This will be followed by the paving and finally the striping. Until striping is complete, there will only a temporary centerline marked. There will not be temporary parking lines or lane lines. We expect the milling and paving to take about 2 weeks.

The county’s annual road resurfacing project is currently out to bid and should begin later this year. The roads to be paved include:

• County Road 25A, from the Montgomery County line to Evanston Road

• Loy Road, from Troy-Sidney Road to Springcreek-Stringtown Road

• Nashville Road, from State Route 571 to State Route 55

• Scarff Road, from the New Carlisle corporation limit to Dayton-Brandt Road

• Studebaker Road, from State Route 201 to Dayton-Brandt Road

• Swailes Road, from Peters Road to County Road 25A

• Union Shelby Road, from Loy Road to U.S. 36

Township roads to be repaved include:

• Barnhart Road, from Fenner Road to State Route 718

• Forest Hill Road, from 718 to McCurdy Road

• Bon Air Drive

• Floral Acres Drive

• Rosedale Avenue

• Meckstroth Drive

• Stockham Drive

• Sayers Road, from S.R. 55 to Cathcart Road