Officials to break ground on $16M Third Street bridge replacement

Published: Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 5:19 AM

An architect’s rendering shows how Montgomery County’s most expensive bridge project - a planned $21.6 million span of Third Street across the Great Miami River - will look when the project is completed by the end of 2022. A panel at right honors the Dayton poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. SUBMITTED / CREATIVE DESIGN RESOLUTIONS, INC.
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An architect’s rendering shows how Montgomery County’s most expensive bridge project - a planned $21.6 million span of Third Street across the Great Miami River - will look when the project is completed by the end of 2022. A panel at right honors the Dayton poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. SUBMITTED / CREATIVE DESIGN RESOLUTIONS, INC.(Staff Writer)

The project to replace the Third Street bridge in Dayton is scheduled to begin with a ground-breaking ceremony today at 2 p.m., kicking off two years and $16 million in construction.

The bridge is scheduled to be completely closed on Jan. 1, and reopen Oct. 2021.

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Funding for the project came from local, state and federal agencies, according to a release from Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner. 

The event will include speeches from:

  • Paul Gruner, Montgomery County Engineer 
  • Jack Marchbanks, Director, Ohio Department of Transportation 
  • Debbie Lieberman, President, Montgomery County Commission 
  • Nan Whaley, Mayor, City of Dayton 
  • Senator Stephen Huffman, Ohio Senate District 5 
  • Representative Fred Strahorn, Ohio House District 39 
  • Brian Martin, Exec. Dir., Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission 
  • Dr. Derrick Foward, President, Dayton Unit NAACP 
  • Willis "Bing" Davis, artist and member of Bridge Design Committee 
  • Janet Bly, General Manager, Miami Conservancy District 
  • Becky Benná, Executive Director, Five Rivers MetroParks