200TH BRIDGE FUNDED
THROUGH PARTNERSHIP OPENS
The Ohio Bridge Partnership Program is helping
local governments address bridges in need of replacement
MEDINA (Wednesday, October
4, 2017) - State, federal, and local leaders officially cut the ribbon
on the Bagdad Road bridge over the Rocky River. It is the 200th bridge
completed under a program between the Ohio Department of Transportation and
local government partners.
The Ohio Bridge Partnership Program was
created in 2013 to allow local governments to apply for state and federal
funding to address bridges in need of major repairs or replacement. The
program, created in partnership with the County
Engineers Association of Ohio, is investing $130 million
into 224 bridges around Ohio.
Bridges were identified using the
- Must meet the federal bridge
definition of being more than 20 feet long
- Must be “structurally deficient” –
an engineering term given to bridges having maintenance issues
that, while safe, still require repair
- Currently open and carrying
Ohio has more than 43,000 bridges,
second only to Texas in the United States. Despite a federal mandate to inspect
bridges once every two years, all of Ohio's bridges receive annual inspections.
"Whether they are traveling on an
interstates, U.S. routes, state routes, county or township roads motorist
expect the bridges they cross to be safe," said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
"This program helps address the needs of our local government partners by
leveraging the resources of the state and federal government."
Without these funds, many of these
bridges may not have been repaired or replaced for several more years.
The new Bagdad Road bridge is wider and
built to handle more traffic. The project cost $752,000 to complete.