Work will begin Monday on bridges in Union and Madison counties as part of the Ohio Department of Transportation's "Fix it First" initiative to preserve the state's bridges and roadways.

Work will begin Monday on bridges in Union and Madison counties as part of the Ohio Department of Transportation's "Fix it First" initiative to preserve the state's bridges and roadways.

Four of the five bridges in the project are on state Route 38, which spans both counties, and the fifth bridge is on state Route 4 in Union County.

Beginning Monday, the bridge on state Route 38 over Spring Fork Creek, near Plumwood, will close for 60 days. Crews will demolish the bridge and replace it with a new structure. The detour during the closure is state Route 29 to U.S. Route 42 to state Route 161.

Work on the state Route 38 bridges over Dirty Shirt Ditch and Chenowith Ditch in Madison County and over Steihoff Ditch in Union County is tentatively scheduled to begin in June.

The state Route 4 bridge over Baker Ditch in Union County also will be replaced in June as a part of the $1.66-million project.

All of the bridge work is expected to be complete by July.