Ridgeway Road Bridge 


July 2018 Update


In late 2017, following significant citizen engagement efforts to collect feedback on project alternatives, Kettering 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.
We are pleased to announce that the Ridgeway Road Bridge Replacement Project has been selected for funding under the Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Municipal Bridge Program. 
Kettering Assistant City Manager & City Engineer Steve Bergstresser wrote the grant and successfully presented to ODOT the need for this project. The citizen input collected last fall was a critical component of the application.
  • ODOT will fund 95% of the construction cost to replace the bridge, up to $2,000,000
  • The current estimated cost to replace the bridge, including engineering design and right-of-way costs, is $2,600,000
  • $10.3 million was awarded by ODOT to 14 projects state-wide in this year's round of applications for the Municipal Bridge Program
  • The $2,000,000 received for the Ridgeway Bridge is the largest amount awarded to a single project among the 14 projects that were funded
  • Construction is currently scheduled to begin in late 2020 or early 2021, when the Municipal Bridge funds are available from ODOT
  • The agenda for the Tuesday, July 10 City Council meeting will include authorization to seek a design consultant to prepare the construction plans for the replacement bridge
  • The replacement bridge will be similar to the existing bridge, and will be capable of carrying vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians
  • The City will continue to seek additional grant funding from other sources to supplement the ODOT-approved construction funding for the replacement bridge
We would like to thank everyone who responded to the public engagement survey for this project.  ODOT officials who reviewed the funding application were very impressed by the high level of public support for this project.  Obtaining grant funding to replace the bridge would have been much more difficult without the community support this project received.


2017 Project Updates

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.

Ridgeway Road Bridge Presentation to City Council from 11.28.2017

Video of the Ridgeway Road Bridge Presentation to City Council

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.

Survey results are now available.

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.

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