Local project funded by Ohio’s Bridge Partnership Program to begin
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, August 10, 2015) – Work will begin next Monday, August 17th, to replace the County Road 207 bridge near Benton in Holmes County that’s been closed since last summer due to damages during a flood event.
Thanks to the Ohio Bridge Partnership Program – an initiative of Gov. John R. Kasich – replacement of this local bridge could be expedited.
ODOT developed the first-of-its-kind program in late 2013 to provide resources to assist counties and cities with the maintenance of bridges. The Program is investing $120 million 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 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, such as this one in Holmes County.”
This existing bridge carries CR 207 over Martins Creek just north of Township Road 603 near Benton. Traffic has been detoured since last June.
“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 $509,000 project is V O Menuez & Son Inc., from Millersburg, and the completion date is mid-October – also when the road is expected to be reopened to traffic.
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