Bellbrook bridge washed out by flood waters could be repaired as early as September

It could be as early as September before the North Belleview Road bridge that was washed out by flood waters is repaired.

Bellbrook City Council authorized City Manager Melissa Dodd to enter into a contract with LJB, Inc. for preliminary engineering work. That contract was executed last week.

“Once the engineering process is complete to identify the best solution for repair, the project will be put out to bid for construction,” the city said.

Images from our Sky 7 drone showed the bridge on North Belleview Drive north of state Route 725 in Bellbrook was completely washed away after severe storms with heavy rain moved through the area March 20.

Bellbrook City Manager Melissa Dodd said city leaders attempted to apply for emergency funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission, however the emergency fund is empty until a new fiscal year begins July 1.

The following is a timeline the city has set out for the project:

  • May 8 - Preliminary engineering submitted for review
  • June 1 - Final design submitted for review
  • June 5 - Construction documents complete
  • June 10 - Tentative notice of solicitation for competitive bids posted
  • June 24 - Bid opening
  • July 1 - Construction contract awarded

The city said construction could take two to three months to complete once it begins.