OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - Bonham Road will be closed this weekend due to a culvert replacement, affecting traffic for commencement at Miami University.
Culvert replacement on Bonham Road is running behind schedule due to inclement weather.
The recent persistent heavy rains and subsequent high water and saturated ground conditions have prevented crews from working. The first two culvert replacements are complete; however, the third is under construction and unable to be completed until weather conditions improve. Crews will move to the fourth culvert upon completion of the third.
Since the third culvert is unable to be completed by this weekend, it will not be possible to reopen Bonham Road for Miami University's commencement ceremonies. Any traffic intending to use Bonham Road into or out of Oxford will be required to follow the posted detour. Special signs targeted specifically for inbound commencement traffic will be posted on Ohio 73 and Oxford Milford Road.
Located between Hillcrest Drive and Oxford Milford Road, all four culverts and their revised status are as follows:
- First culvert - Located 350 feet east of Hillcrest Drive and 0.9 mile west of Oxford Milford Road. COMPLETE.
- Second culvert - Located 0.2 mile east of Hillcrest Drive and 0.8 mile west of Oxford Milford Road. COMPLETE.
- Third culvert - Located 0.7 mile east of Hillcrest Drive and 0.3 mile west of Oxford Milford Road. Closed: April 8, 2011. Approximate opening date: week of May 16, 2011.
- Fourth culvert - Located 0.8 mile east of Hillcrest Drive and 0.2 mile west of Oxford Milford Road. Approximate closing date: week of May 16, 2011. Approximate opening date: week of May 30, 2011.
Detour for all four culvert replacements: eastbound Bonham Road traffic will detour west on Sycamore Street in the City of Oxford, north on Ohio 732 into Oxford Township, northeast on Somerville Road, and south on Oxford Milford Road. Westbound traffic will reverse this route.