Delays continue on Batavia bridge

Delays continue on Batavia bridge

Construction work on the deck of Batavia’s Main Street Bridge will continue into early November.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is making repairs and resurfacing the bridge, which carries traffic for State Routes 132 and State Route 222, as well as local traffic and traffic to Clermont County government offices.

Steve Riley, ODOT District 8 Transportation Administrator, said the contractor found steel members of the bridge in worse condition than expected and has ordered additional steel. The extra work and delivery of the steel materials are adding about two weeks to the construction schedule. He said the job is now scheduled for completion about November 7.

The construction has caused significant traffic disruption and delays. The Batavia Police Department is responsible for traffic maintenance, and ODOT has promised to provide additional traffic direction during afternoon rush hour by Wednesday, October 14.

ODOT is closing two lanes at a time. Trucks crossing the bridge and going north on SR 222 must negotiate a difficult turn and block traffic, and traffic approaching the bridge on SR 132 clash with eastbound Main Street traffic for position in the driving lane. Drivers with alternate routes may want to detour. The bridge, and it is the former path of State Route 32. The state maintains the bridge.

Village resurfacing is finished

The Village of Batavia resurfaced West Main Street from the bridge to the village limits on the west, near College Drive. Paving work was completed September 23, with permanent striping to be placed by the first week of October. The village is seeking approval and funds to improve the intersection of Riverside with Main Street at the bridge. The project, if approved, would add turn lanes on Riverside Drive and widen the intersection. Work could start in the third quarter of 2021.