As work continued through the winter and spring seasons on the new bridge that will span Grant’s Creek on the Ohio/Switzerland county line for State Road 156, travelers have been seeking ways to get around the construction.
In about a month, that will no longer be an issue.
Dan McAlister of McAlister Excavating, the firm contracted to complete the bridge replacement, said that everything is on schedule for the bridge to be completed and opened to the public on Tuesday, June 16th.
“We’re still looking at our date of the 16th,” McAlister said. “We’re just pouring barrier walls and getting ready to paint the beams. Everything in on track right now.”
McAlister said that while crews are painting the beams, workers are going to be doing the paving and striping and installing the guardrails.
“It’s going to take them two weeks to paint the beams,” McAlister said. “They’re going to start on that on Wednesday after Memorial Day. Then we’ll be doing the striping and everything after that, while they’re doing the painting, and then it will be all open.”
So, with the structural part of the bridge now completed - all concrete and other work has been completed – work crews will now focus on the ‘details’ of the project in preparation for it opening to regular traffic.
McAlister received the bid on October 13th of last year; and began work right around November 13th; so the entire project will have taken about seven months to complete.
“I would say that people can plan on June 16th that the bridge will be done,” McAlister said.