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Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 3:48 PM
HARRISON TWP. — Replacement of the Keowee Street bridge over the Great Miami River will stymie traffic between Dayton and Harrison Twp. and impact some area businesses for almost two years beginning within weeks.
“It’s never a good situation, but it’s one where the bridge needs to be redone,” said Jeff Davis, general manager of J&T Dayton Sandblasting Services that sits in Harrison Twp. on a block of North Dixie Drive that will be closed for months.
“It’s a necessary evil,” he said.
Detours will be in place until at least September 2019 for replacement of the deteriorating, 86-year-old bridge — the final one of its kind found locally, said Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner.
“It’s the last of the filled-arch bridges in the city of Dayton,” Gruner said. “They were very labor intensive. You really can’t afford to rebuild them like this in the present time.”
In addition to the 20,000 vehicle drivers who cross the bridge daily between Dayton and Harrison Twp., users of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail and paddlers on the river will also be confronted with detours and portages.
The date the Keowee Street bridge will close has been revised to Dec. 18 at the earliest, or until the new Helena Street bridge nearby reopens, according to the county. Detours from the Helena Street bridge — set to open soon — have routed traffic over the Keowee Street bridge during that year-long construction project.
Patrons of Ben’s Batteries in Harrison Twp. will still be able to reach the business, but owner Robert Kucharski said he’s not entirely sure how.
“North Dixie will be closed to through traffic, but you should still be able to get here. That’s what I’m hoping,” he said. “If they can’t get here at all, I might as well shut the doors. That’s not going to be good.”
When traffic starts flowing again in late 2019, it will cross a new 550-foot long, pre-stressed concrete I-girder structure, Gruner said.
“It’s not a real fancy bridge, but it will be a nice looking bridge when it’s finished,” he said.
Sidewalks, now six-and-a-half-feet wide, will be widened to 10 feet on the new five-lane bridge. The center pier will feature overlooks on each side of the bridge with girders painted medium blue.
Along with neighboring residents and businesses, Gruner said the department also worked on the design with the region’s rowing community, leading to wider spans that will allow two side-by-side sculls to pass underneath.
The contractor, Eagle Bridge Company in Sidney, is already prepping for demolition and working on the bikeway and river portages, Gruner said.
Total construction engineering and construction costs on the project total about $9.3 million, more than 70 percent coming from federal bridge and surface transportation funding. About $1 million was additionally spent on design engineering and right-of-way acquisition, according to the engineer’s office.
In September, the county opened a new $7.3 million bridge on Harshman Road over the Mad River near the entrance to Eastwood MetroPark. After the Keowee Street bridge, the next big Montgomery County bridge project will the the Third Street bridge in Dayton that will span about 700 feet over the Great Miami River with a projected cost of $20 million, Gruner said.
Published: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 9:54 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 12:05 PM
HARLAN TWP. — A man driving a truck, reportedly without the owner’s permission, was killed early Thursday in a single-vehicle crash on Ohio 132 in Harlan Twp., Warren County, according to investigators.
The crash occurred around 5:20 a.m. when a maroon 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, operated by Abijah Nelson Chasteen Jr., 52, of Warren County, drove off the right side of the road and crashed into two large trees in the 6000 block of Ohi0 132, according to reports from the Warren County Coroner’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol.
RELATED: Initial story on this crash
Chasteen reportedly had been followed earlier by a friend of the vehicle’s owner and was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred, according to investigators.
Chasteen lived near the crash site on Ohio 132 in Morrow, but he was carrying a license indicating he lived in South Lebanon, according to Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the coroner’s office.
Chasteen was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:02 a.m., according to the coroner.
The truck was reportedly taken from Clinton County on Wednesday, Lt. Chuck O’Bryon of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. The owner reported Chasteen was driving it without permission, O’Bryon added.
Troopers believe Chasteen knew the owner of the vehicle and are investigating the case as an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, O’Bryon said.
Burke said he was told a friend of the vehicle’s owner spotted Chasteen driving the truck and followed him. The friend said he had been separated from Chasteen when he came upon the crash, Burke added.
Chasteen’s body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s office for a full autopsy. The autopsy showed he died of multiple blunt force trauma, according to Burke.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lebanon Post of the highway patrol.
Published: Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 8:30 AM
DAYTON — Update@8:35 a.m.:
The jackknifed semi has been turned upright and all lanes on I-75 and Stanley Avenue have reopened.
We are at the scene of a jackknifed tractor trailer on Interstate 75 south at Stanley Avenue in Dayton. All four lanes have been blocked and traffic is being rerouted to state Route 4 north.
Published: Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 5:41 AM
Updated: Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 8:03 AM
BATH Twp. Greene County — UPDATE @ 8:05 a.m: Ohio 235 and Byron Road is still shut down after a vehicle struck a pole early Monday morning, according to officials
The incident occurred just after 5 a.m. and crews are still on scene.
Power lines are hanging as a result of the crash and the road will be shut down while repairs are being made.
We’re working to learn if the driver of the vehicle suffered any injuries.
We’ll continue to update this story with additional details as they become available.
Ohio 235 and Byron Road have been shut down, and traffic is being directed to Trebein Road, officials said.
We are responding to reports that a car struck a utility pole at OH-235 and Byron Road in Bath Twp., near Fairborn early Monday morning.
Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:08 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:35 PM
TURTLECREEK TWP., WARREN COUNTY — UPDATE @ 6:36 p.m.
Ohio 63 has reopened after a single vehicle crash into a ditch.
According to the Ohio State Patrol at Lebanon, drugs and alcohol may have been a factor. No injuries have been reported.
The crash is still under investigation.
Ohio 63 is closed between Ohio 741 and McClure Road, west of Lebanon, due to a crash.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is recommending drivers use an alternate route.
Arrow boards or signs will be in place to alert motorists.
There were no reported injuries, according to Warren County officials.
“To help ensure the safety of the first responders as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone,” according to the ODOT press release.
For more information, call 513- 933-6517 or 513-933-6534.