Project to replace four local bridges to begin next week in Belmont County
Funded by Ohio’s Bridge Partnership Program
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, February 29, 2016) – Work will begin next Monday, March 7th, on a project to replace four local bridges in Belmont County as part of Gov. John R. Kasich’s Ohio Bridge Partnership Program.
The Program, developed by ODOT in late 2013, provides resources to assist counties and cities with the maintenance of bridges. Altogether, about $120 million is being invested over three years throughout the state to repair and replace more than 200 county and city-owned bridges.
Money was made available for this program by Ohio’s successful efforts to overhaul highway funding, including reduced overhead costs and improved efficiencies at ODOT. ODOT worked with local officials to identify bridges for repair or replacement.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “Although these bridges are not on ODOT’s interstate or state highway system, they are still part of Ohio’s transportation system and fixing them is welcome news for many local communities.”
The four Belmont County bridges to be replaced include:
- Buzz Ayers Road (TR 426) bridge over Sloan Run just north of Morgan Hill Road
- Trough Run Road (TR 304) bridge over Trough Run, east of Bellaire
- Willow Grove Road (CR 4) bridge over a Branch of McMahon Creek, west of Neffs
- Cumberland Run Road (TR 289) bridge over Cumberland Run, south of Glencoe
Each bridge will require a 50-day road closure, starting on March 8th with Buzz Ayers Road. Trough Run Road will be closed March 22nd. The other two closure dates have not been set yet.
“Most people can’t get from home to a major highway in eastern Ohio without traveling on local roads and bridges,” said MacAdam. “This administration understands that improving local bridges, improves our entire state transportation system and helps motorists safely get from point-A to point-B.”
ODOT’s contractor for this $1.63 million project is Buds Inc., from Nashport, Ohio, and the completion date is August 31, 2016.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email Becky.Giauque@dot.ohio.gov