Bridge work in Kettering means street closures

July 16, 2013 by  

Centerville residents who work in or travel through Kettering, a town about four miles distant, should be aware that several streets will be closed there as two bridges over the Little Beaver Creek are resurfaced.

As of July 22, Spaulding Road in Kettering’s Research Park will be closed for approximately three weeks. The closure means traffic will be routed over Founders Drive and Research Boulevard.

The second closure is Vale Drive, but that project is not yet underway. The resurfacing will go out for bid in August and the project should be finished this fall, though no completion date has been set. Three quarters of the cost of the Vale Drive resurfacing will come from the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Steve Bergstresser, Kettering’s city engineer, presented the city council with plans for street repair and resurfacing projects through the end of 2019. He noted that the Spaulding Road project requires workers to replace the entire asphalt surface of the road deck, which was first built approximately 20 years ago. The surface should have lasted longer than it has, and the early failure of the surface is thought to be due to trucks putting on their brakes on the bridge. In order to stop this from recurring, the asphalt will be stripped away and replaced with a higher-strength asphalt material.

Centerville officials might consider working with a flyer printing service to create a mailer for residents, listing the location and lengths of the closures, and suggesting alternate routes.