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McCoy Road closed for bridge reconstruction

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The McCoy Road bridge will be rebuilt this summer to address deterioration discovered during a 2010 inspection.

Upper Arlington City Council has unanimously approved a $343,000 contract with Eagle Bridge Co. of Sidney, Ohio, to remove and replace the bridge deck. The project marks the first major repair to the bridge since its construction in 1961.

Including $63,605 in design services rendered by Columbus-based Jones & Stuckey Ltd., the total project cost is estimated at $406,605.

The work was scheduled to start Wednesday, June 26, closing McCoy Road between Longhill Drive and Mountview Road.

Westbound traffic will be detoured onto Reed Road heading south, then to westbound Fishinger Road. Traffic heading east from Riverside Drive will be diverted to Lane Road.

Local easbound traffic will be detoured to surrounding neighborhoods, using either Mountview or Woodbridge roads.

According to city officials and a recent staff report from the Upper Arlington City Engineer's Office, the reconstruction is needed to address general deterioration of the bridge over time.

The staff report, submitted to council June 3 by Upper Arlington City Manager Ted Staton and City Engineer Dave Parkinson, said although the bridge currently has no load restrictions, it's in "poor condition" according to the Ohio Department of Transportation's Manual of Bridge Inspection standards.

"The city's decision to remove and replace the structure was based on the annual bridge inspection report dated Feb. 1, 2010," the staff report stated. "In this report, it was stated that this structure exhibited extensive spalling of concrete in the bottom of the deck slab with exposed reinforcing steel."

City officials said they did not have traffic counts for the bridge, which is located over a portion of Turkey Run.

According to the city engineer's office, the bridge is approximately 6-feet tall and its span is close to 16 feet.

Upper Arlington Engineering Technician Jim Palmer said he's hopeful the work will be completed prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year. He said McCoy Road is a traffic "collector" and its bridge traditionally has been on bus routes for several local schools.

"The objective is to have it done by the first week in August," Palmer said. "It all depends on how fast the contractor wants to jump on it."

Council was presented with three bids for the project.

The total Eagle Bridge Co. contact includes a $30,000 contingency fee. The company's base and alternative bids to the city totaled $312,026, which was $84,413 lower than a bid from Complete General and $118,075 less than a bid from The Righter Co.

Eagle Bridge Co.'s base and alternate bids also were less than the city engineer's $326,006 estimate for the project, but its total contract cost was $13,000 more than the city budgeted for the McCoy Road bridge project in its capital-improvement plan.

"It is staff's opinion that the overage can easily be absorbed by the CIP budget given other favorable bids already awarded," the June 3 staff report stated.

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