City officials are planning to replace the Dorset Road bridge over Evans Run once the weather warms up this year.

The project follows the 2017 replacement of bridges on Abington and Brixton roads. Another bridge on Kenny Road was relined last year as part of the city's ongoing capital-improvement program.

Assistant City Engineer Carla Odebralski said the Dorset Road bridge was identified as a candidate for replacement as part of an annual project in which the city inspects all 29 of its bridges.

She said city records show the bridge has been around at least since 1946, but they don't reflect when it originally was constructed.

The inspection found the bridge in "fair condition," but noted some deterioration of its composite materials, "and the rock wall protection is failing."

Additionally, the review stated two support pipes for the bridge show "severe misalignment of joints."

"Dorset bridge has received general maintenance since it was installed," Odebralski said. "The bridge is approximately 60 feet long and conveys Evans Run."

Axis Civil Construction will replace the bridge after Upper Arlington City Council unanimously voted Feb. 12 to approve a $218,460 contract with the company. The deal allows for a 10 percent contingency -- standard for city contracts -- that could increase the price tag to $240,306.

The tally would be lower than the $245,553 the City Engineer's Office estimated for the project.

The contract council approved for work on the Abington, Brixton and Kenny bridges was for $777,754.

An exact timetable for the Dorset bridge work hasn't been set, but Odebralski said it's likely to take place in "late spring."

"We will also coordinate construction with the water line replacement construction on Dorset Road from Asbury (Drive) to Mountview (Road)," she said. "The water line will be lowered under the new bridge."

Dorset Road will be closed to through traffic while the bridge is being replaced. However, residents, mail delivery, trash and emergency services will have access to houses in the area from Asbury or Mountview up to the bridge, Odebralski said.

Once the bridge is replaced, things should be back to normal, she added.

"There will be no changes in traffic," Odebralski said. "We did not have any safety concerns for the existing Dorset bridge.

"Replacing the deteriorating bridge allows the city to improve our infrastructure before community safety becomes the driving force in our actions."

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"We will coordinate construction with the water line replacement construction on Dorset Road from Asbury (Drive) to Mountview (Road). The water line will be lowered under the new bridge."

-- CARLA ODEBRALSKI

assistant city engineer