Casino tax to repair bridges PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 26 July 2013 09:30
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File photo. A jeep crosses a bridge over Cedar Creek on Ault Road in Perrysburg Township near Perrysburg, Ohio on March 13, 2013. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bridge repairs will get a jump start in Wood County next year with an estimated $750,000 in 2013 casino tax revenue.
Wood County Commissioners announced they will fund engineering and design for up to 10 bridge projects in an effort to use the money to the benefit of all county residents. The board most recently received a $400,000 quarterly payment, Commissioner Jim Carter said.
The county engineer’s office is responsible for maintaining an estimated 440 bridges in Wood County and evaluating which ones need repair most.
Carter said infrastructure was a priority for the funds, and many of the county’s bridges were constructed long before modern traffic could be predicted, leaving them inadequate for truck travel. Wood County also has roughly 3,000 miles of ditches, all of which require bridges to cross, he explained.
Engineering for the projects will be paid for and completed in advance, allowing the projects to move forward as construction funds become available, Carter said. Construction costs will be paid for with fuel tax revenue, grants and additional casino receipts if necessary.
Commissioners asked Engineer Ray Huber to select 10 bridges in need of replacement as identified in the annual bridge inspection report in addition to those he was already scheduled to address in 2014.
Casino tax payments began in 2012, when Carter said commissioners opted to use about $110,000 for similar projects through the engineer’s office.
Future uses of casino taxes will be evaluated each year, though Carter said bridge projects could continue to receive attention.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 09:58
 

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