State puts $10 million in county bridges PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:53
File photo. A truck passes over bridge on Mermill Road just east of St. Rt. 25 south of Portage. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
State and local leaders praised Ohio's plan Tuesday to invest more than $10 million in Wood County's bridges over the next three years.
It was like Christmas morning when word of the project came last October, Wood County Engineer Ray Huber said of the program, which will fund five additional bridge projects this year and 18 bridges through 2016.
"It was a big surprise and a tremendous asset to Wood County," Huber said.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor was among those who supported the effort Tuesday during a news conference at the Wood County Highway Garage.
Taylor admitted to being among those who get frustrated seeing orange construction barrels during the summer, though she said the inconvenience is worth it in the long run.
The partnership with county engineers across the state to replace bridges, announced by Gov. John Kasich last year, is part of a record $2.5 billion construction season to be undertaken this summer by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Taylor said.
Additionally speaking in support was Todd Audet, deputy director of ODOT's second district, and Jim Carter, president of the Wood County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Doris Herringshaw was also in attendance.
Carter praised Taylor and Kasich's investment in public infrastructure, something he said is paramount in Wood County, which has about 440 bridges
The presence of agriculture in the county intersects with bridges, many of which can't handle the weight or width of modern farm machinery, Carter explained.
Meanwhile, Huber asked for patience from motorists who will certainly be sick of seeing ODOT's orange barrels by the end of the summer.
"Please bear with us while we get through this time. There's going to be a lot of chaos, no question about it, but when it's all done and over with, it's going to be a better county and a much better place to live."
The five additional bridges to be built under the program this year are: Owen Road over Cedar Creek; Range Line Road over the Portage River; Jerry City Road over the Portage River; Bradner Road over Henry Ditch; and Mermill Road over Ditch 2172.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:38

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