Ridgeway Road Bridge
At the November 28, 2017 City Council workshop Assistant City Manager Steve Bergstresser presented the survey results and staff recommendations for the Ridgeway Road Bridge project. Mayor and City Council directed city administration to pursue grant funding for the purpose of reconstructing the Ridgeway Road Bridge for all modes of traffic.
Thank you to the more than 800 interested residents who participated in the Ridgeway Road bridge survey during the September 29 - October 31 feedback period.
The City of Kettering piloted a new public engagement process to gain feedback on this project. It was very important to Kettering City Council, because there are several project options to consider, to maximize the public input on the future investment in the Ridgeway Road bridge.
The typical input opportunity for city projects is a public meeting. We recognized that because our residents have hectic schedules and competing demands on their time, not everyone who is interested in the future of the Ridgeway Road bridge would be able to make it to such a meeting or to a City Council meeting where we might hold a public hearing. Instead, we hosted a "virtual public meeting" with the following outreach efforts to engage as many residents as possible in the process.
- Produced video which presented all of the information and options for the project.
- Created a survey to provide a quick and convenient way for all interested parties to offer feedback after reviewing the video.
- Mailed letters to the homes of the 1,000 residents living closest to the bridge since the project will have the most impact on their daily lives.
- Placed the video and link to the survey on our website and social media platforms for a month to allow everyone time to participate.
We are very pleased with the level of public engagement accomplished through this method. We know that there are many residents with strong opinions about the future of the Ridgeway Road bridge. We assure you that your opinions were captured in the survey.
For more information about the Ridgeway Road Bridge project, please take a moment to watch this brief informative video.
If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to contact the Kettering City Manager’s Office at 296-2412.