Businesses, commuters call McEwen Road bridge closure a blessing and inconvenience

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Monday marked the beginning of reconstruction on the McEwen Road bridge.

Gail Plunkett works and lives off of McEwen Road and said he normally takes it four times a day.

“Normally my commute is about 2-3 minutes, yesterday it took 10 minutes,” said Plunkett.

But Plunkett said he and his neighbors feel it was time for the renovations after noticing the deterioration of the bridge and its poor condition.

“We did look underneath the bridge and it was being held up by jacks so we realized it is something we needed to have done,” said Plunkett. “So this inconvenience we’re going to put up with until about the end of November, and so from that standpoint, it can be one we can put with.”

The Montgomery County engineer’s office has planned detours.

For those heading south, take Alex Bell Road to Paragon Road then Congress Park Drive. 

Northbound travelers do the exact opposite.

This also impacts Hadley E Watts Middle School and First Sschool.

A representative of Centerville Schools said they have sent out reminders to parents warning of the road closure, but since school starts back in Centerville on Wednesday, want to remind that the only available entrance into those schools is from the north on Alex Bell Road. 

This detour is also impacting local businesses in the Washington Township area.

Kirby Gaboury of Audio Etc. said it is both an inconvenience and a blessing.

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“Now that they’ve closed the McEwen Road bridge and there’s a detour, we’re getting a lot of drive by traffic that we haven’t had in the past,” said Gaboury. “But it’s kind of been an inconvenience for us because we have a lot of jobs up north and that’s our shortcut to get to those jobs”.

The road is scheduled to reopen fully November 30, 2018, depending on weather.

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