Design work begins on historic bridge project

April 29th, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

The Clermont County Engineer’s Office is moving ahead with plans for the rehabilitation of the historic Stonelick Williams Corner Covered Bridge.

“After several public hearings to solicit citizen comments, and considering five options for the project, we are beginning design work in May with anticipated construction on the $1.2 million project to begin in January of 2012,” said Clermont County Engineer Pat Manger at a Board of Clermont County Commissioners town meeting on Monday, April 19, 2010.   “We recognize that this bridge is important to the community.  Throughout this process we are keeping two major things in mind, preservation and protection of this historical treasure for generations to come.”

Funding for the project will come from several sources, including the Ohio Department of Transportation National Historic Bridge Program ($360,000), the Ohio Public Works Commission ($244,860), and the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments ($619,000).

"The bridge rehabilitation project will follow strict guidelines to ensure that the structure maintains its aesthetic and historic value," said Manger. "The project will increase the load limit on the bridge from the current 3-tons to 12-tons, enabling buses, delivery trucks, and emergency vehicles to cross the structure."

The bridge design will keep 75-80 percent of the historic trusses.

The bridge roof will be replaced, along with exterior siding, and the bridge deck. An improved lighting system will be added to the one lane bridge to ensure safe passage.

Numerous permits and studies must be completed before the bridge rehabilitation project can begin; Smolen Engineering is the design consultant selected for the project. Once construction begins, it should take 10 months to complete.

The Stonelick Williams Corner Covered Bridge, built in 1878, is the only covered bridge in Clermont County.

It is located on Stonelick Williams Corner Road near US50 in Stonelick Township.

For additional information about the Stonelick Township Covered Bridge project, contact Todd Gadbury with the Clermont County Engineer's Office at (513) 732-8865.
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