LIMA — Nearly a year ago, Allen County paired up with the Ohio Department of Transportation, building a partnership that would repair roughly 230 bridges throughout Ohio, with a $120 million price tag.
The United State is facing yet another national highway funding crisis as the country’s new fiscal year begins. Despite the fact that October 1 marked the beginning of America’s new financial year, Congress has still not passed or approved the funding for a new long-term surface transportation measure. This is really worrying the 31-member-strong Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) which is arguing that a “failure to act” will “lead to another self-imposed funding crisis that would undermine vital road, highway and transit repairs.”
There are a lot of people in the United States right now who think the country is falling apart, and at least in one respect they're correct. Our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are out of date and the vast majority of our seaports are in danger of becoming obsolete. All the result of decades of neglect. None of this is really in dispute. Business leaders, labor unions, governors, mayors, congressmen and presidents have complained about a lack of funding for years, but aside from a one time cash infusion from the stimulus program, nothing much has changed. There is still no consensus on how to solve the problem or where to get the massive amounts of money needed to fix it, just another example of political paralysis in Washington.
“A high quality transportation network is vital to a top performing economy,” a new report by the National Economic Council and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers released yesterday stated. “But today, current estimates indicate that America’s transportation infrastructure is not keeping pace with demands or the needs of our growing economy, for today or for generations to come.”
ZANESVILLE – The bridge portion of Foxfire Drive will be closed for another two to three weeks while the Ohio Department of Transportation replaces the structure, which was prone to flash flooding.
It felt like an eternity went by before Congress passed a bill to fund the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. Unfortunately, for or as long as it took, nobody ended up happy with the outcome. Congress had months to work out a long-term deal and all they could agree on is a short-term plan that ultimately solves nothing.
This year, the Ohio Department of Transportation launched a partnership with counties and cities to fully fund the replacement or repair of locally-owned bridges.
Aging infrastructure issues are well-known topics across the political landscape, as President Obama alluded to in his recent State of the Union address. Unfortunately, it takes a tragic incident such as the death of an Ohio construction worker in an overpass collapse to really grab the attention of officials.
The Ohio Department of Transportation's Ohio Bridge Partnership Program is helping to replace bridges throughout the state. Over three years nearly $120 million is being granted to county engineer offices across the state. There are 11 bridges in Muskingum County that have qualified for this program, and they will be replaced over the next three years.
A major bridge in Muskingum County that's currently undergoing repairs is expected to remain closed for the next 14 to 21 days. The Philo Duncan Falls Bridge located at Lock and Dam #9 closed to traffic on Tuesday, October 14. The bridge typically sees about 1,200 to 1,300 cars each day. Robert Heady, Design Engineer for the Muskingum County Engineers Office told us about the repairs the bridge has been needing.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced in an email notice delivered today that it will be delaying the delivery of its promised study of the truck size and weight issue in national transportation until 2015. The study was planned as a comprehensive examination of some of the more controversial issues surrounding truck sizes and weight, including but not limited to trucking companies’ insistence that present size and weight restrictions are out of date and safety advocates’ concerns over what increasing weight allowance on public roadways would mean to measuring safety risk.