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Data: Ohio Among Top Five States That Have Produced Most Gold Medals in the Olympics

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A recent study found Ohio ranks in the top five states that have produced the most gold medals for Team USA in the Olympics


America's 10 Best States For Infrastructure, Where You Can Rely on Roads, Bridges, Airports, Power, and Internet

With hundreds of billions of dollars in new federal infrastructure spending under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, companies are eager to cash in. And states are scrambling for their piece of the pie.


On Development: Ohio Foots Bill for Delaware County Sprawl

The spine of Delaware County is a clustertruck. Every day, huge pickups, sedans, SUVs and semis cruise and coagulate up and down U.S. 23 between Worthington and Waldo.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is looking at investing more than $1 billion in various traffic-decluttering measures over the next decade after Gov. Mike DeWine swooped in to address what should be a local issue.


Ohio Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program Continues to Thrive

COLUMBUS, OHIO– The Ohio Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program is continuing its mission of collecting plastic before it reaches a landfill by helping secure two new grants for its partners. So far in 2024, nearly 50,000 pounds of boat shrink wrap has been collected. 


Reckless Driver Crashes Through Memorial Bridge Gates; Closed Indefinitely

TOLEDO, Ohio — The Craig Memorial Bridge is closed indefinitely after a driver went through the closed gates and damaged several of them, Ohio Department of Transportation said.

It's one of the bridges that connects north Toledo to the east side.

"At this point it's closed indefinitely because of the recklessness of the driver," ODOT spokesperson Kelsie Hoagland said.


ODNR Seeks Passionate Recruits for Next Natural Resources Officer Class

COLUMBUS, Ohio– If you love the great outdoors and are looking for a dynamic, action-packed career, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) could be the place for you!  ODNR is seeking enthusiastic applicants for its new class of Natural Resources Officer cadets, who will be trained to protect and patrol Ohio’s state parks, forests, natural preserves, and waterways. The application window is open through August 4 for both seasoned, commissioned officers and those eager to begin their law enforcement journey at ODNR.


How an Intel Super Load Weighing Nearly $1 Million Pounds Could Delay Traffic This Week

NEW ALBANY, Ohio (WCMH) — A super load weighing nearly 1 million pounds is expected to delay traffic in several central Ohio communities over the next week as the 13th of nearly two dozen such shipments heads to Intel’s Ohio One plant.


Traffic Crashes Cause 16 Deaths in Ohio During Holiday Weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A record-breaking number of people traveled over the holiday weekend, with nearly 61 million drivers on the road traveling for the Fourth of July, according to AAA.


Survivor of Ohio State Fair Fire Ball Accident Awarded $20 Million in Civil Lawsuit

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A woman who was severely injured from a 2017 malfunction on the Ohio State Fair’s Fire Ball ride has won a massive lawsuit against its manufacturer.

According to a spokesperson for the law firm Cooper Elliott, Keziah Lewis was awarded $20 million.


Air Quality Alert: Several Northeast Ohio Counties Under Alert Through Monday

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — Several Northeast Ohio counties are currently under an air quality alert through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.


Major Project Planned to Pave More Than 17 Miles of Belmont County Roads

Bids were officially opened for a major paving project in Belmont County.

The project will be the paving of seven roads in the county stretching 17.3 miles in total. The project is being funded with a U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration grant. Belmont County Engineer Terry Lively applied for the grant.


Greene County to Get Area's Latest Roundabout on Busy State Route

Contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation will begin construction on a roundabout at the intersection of U.S. 68 and Ohio 235 in Greene County later this month, ODOT announced.


Saturday Essay: County Engineer: Roundabouts Save Lives

I think we can all agree that drivers, as a group, are not perfect.

Crashes happen. Distracted driving is real. You’re probably thinking of texting and driving, but the truth is crashes happened long before cell phones. Maybe your kid is screaming in the back seat. Maybe you just got bad news about your job or a loved one before getting in the car.


John Named Legislator of the Year by Ohio Society of Professional Engineers

State Rep. Marilyn John was named legislator of the year by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers at the organization's 146th annual meeting in Columbus.


Ohio Counties Receive New Fingerprint Devices to Assist in Criminal Record Findings

Ohio is receiving a new technology that will change the way of capturing defendants' fingerprints. The grant program is designed to enhance the accuracy and completeness of Ohio's criminal-records.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced the program will pay for 77 new devices for Ohio courts to use, including Hamilton County.


Executive Director Ringle's Retirement & Resignation Announcement

Please read the following attachments regarding the retirement and resignation of Executive Director, Dean Ringle.

Executive Director Announcement

CEAO Letter of Retirement & Resignation

We wish Dean the best of luck in his next chapter!


MORPC Seeks Public Feedback on $270M Worth of Columbus-Area Road Construction Projects

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) wants feedback on a number of road projects planned to start in the next few years.

The $270 million in projects span multiple central Ohio counties, including Franklin, Fairfield and Licking. MORPC is currently asking the Ohio Department of Transportation for funding on these projects, and construction would start in 2025 or 2026.


Local Infrastructure Projects Receive More Than $16M.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The state has awarded more than $16 million for infrastructure projects in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

The funds, released through the Ohio Public Works Commission, were announced Monday.


County Engineer Seeks Public Input on Roundabout at Lex-Springmill and Home Roads

Public input is sought on plans for construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Lexington-Springmill and Home roads in Troy Township.

The Richland County Engineer’s Office, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Transportation District 3, is proposing the $4.6 million project that includes the relocation of the B&O Trail along with stormwater updates, culvert replacements and street lighting improvements. Engineer Adam Gove said the roundabout is necessary to improve safety by reducing crash frequency and severity at the intersection.


Partial I-270 Closure Planned Saturday for Bridge Repair

Prepare for some potential disruption to your Saturday morning travel.

Interstate 270 will be closed near where it meets Interstate 70 on the east side of Columbus from 4 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. so Ohio Department of Transportation crews can work on a bridge, according to ODOT's weekly construction update.


Engineers Hired by Youngstown Councilman Will Not Be Permitted in Realty Building

The decision to demolish the Realty Building following the deadly explosion last month is final.

That's according to Youngstown Property Management and YO Properties 47 LLC. 

Additionally, this means that no engineering firms specializing in restoration, like the one hired by Councilman Julius Oliver, will be permitted on to the site to run tests.


Who Pays for Those Exit, Entrance Ramp Beautification Projects Along Interstates in Ohio?

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - If you've driven I-75 or I-71 in Ohio recently, you've probably spotted one of the beautification projects at some of the entrance and exit ramps.

They're the latest way to make a city or township welcoming.


Ohio State Women's Hockey Hires Former Columbus Blue Jackets Player

The Ohio State women’s hockey program is on top of the world right now after winning two if the last three national titles, and it’s attracting a lot of attention. So much so, that head coach Nadine Muzerall was able to lure former Columbus Bluejackets defenseman James Wisniewski to her staff on Monday.


How a Tweak to Ohio Law Might Help Save Monarch Butterflies

State legislators aren't all about partisan bickering. They banded together in a kumbaya moment to help Ohioans do their part to save monarch butterflies.


Highest-rated Free Things to do in Ohio, According to Trip Advisor

It is incredibly expensive to be an American. While workers in the United States have seen an 80% increase in wages over the past 50 years, those gains haven’t caught up with the ever-growing cost of living, according to a 2024 report from Consumer Affairs. Between 1970 and 2022, the national consumer price index increased by over 500%, while wages only grew by 80%.


Another Engineer's Report Could Save the Realty Building, if the Owner Lets Them In

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mixed signals are coming from the city of Youngstown on the fate of the Realty Building that was damaged in a natural gas explosion last month. Will it be demolished or not?


ODOT Lists Area Projects

The following highway construction and maintenance work is scheduled next week in Hancock and surrounding counties, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Work depends on weather conditions and, unless otherwise noted, will take place during daytime hours.


Delaware County Growth Spurs Infrastructure Investments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Delaware County’s population is growing rapidly, sparking massive investment plans.

According to the U.S. Census, more than 5,100 people moved into the county in 2023 alone. The county has gained more than 17,000 residents just in the past four years. The county’s population is now approaching 232,000 people, a stark increase from its 2010 population of 174,000 residents.


Warren County Bridge to Close for 3 Months for Rehabilitation Work

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - A bridge in Warren County will be closed for rehabilitation work for at least 12 weeks.


Ohio's Move to Modernize Recorder Fees Threatens Funding for Housing, Advocates Say

A bill up for a vote in an Ohio House committee Tuesday would modernize fee collection for county recorder offices. But a coalition of 200 organizations says the changes would threaten revenue for the state’s housing trust fund.


4th of July Events, Parades and Fireworks in Greater Cincinnati

Our nation's Independence Day falls midweek this year, so hang out your stars and stripes bunting and put on your party pants because the celebrations begin early and run into the weekend.

Here's a look at all the Fourth of July festivals, concerts and fireworks displays happening around Greater Cincinnati this year. Party responsibly, America!


FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Prepares to Close Following Deadly March Tornadoes

LOGAN COUNTY, Ohio — 60 days ago, a federal disaster was declared in Ohio following a March tornado outbreak that killed three people and damaged homes and businesses across multiple counties. 

FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, provided updates on the ongoing recovery efforts Monday; meanwhile, the area hardest hit by the March 14 tornadoes - Logan County - will see its FEMA Disaster Recovery Center close on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.


$100K State Grant to Pay for New Roofs at Ashland County Fairgrounds

ASHLAND — The Ashland County Fairgrounds plans to put new roofs on three buildings this year thanks to a state grant. 

The fairgrounds is set to receive $106,831.54 from the Ohio’s County and Independent Fair Grant Program, which was established to support upgrades to grounds — from electrical and sanitation systems to ADA accommodations. 



How Franklin and Neighboring Counties are Celebrating July 4th

Since 1776, Americans everywhere have reaped the benefits of independence, and since 1870, July Fourth has been officially recognized as our Independence Day. With this comes barbecuing, marching in parades and gathering to watch colors explode in the sky above us. 

If you’re looking to do any of that this year, here are some of the best ways to celebrate in central Ohio.



Landsman Awarded "Disabled American Verterans' Legislator of the Year"

WARREN COUNTY, OH -- Warren County's Congressman Greg Landsman (D-OH-01) was awarded Legislator of the Year at the 103rd Ohio Disabled American Veterans Convention in Columbus on Saturday. The congressman was recognized for his support to veterans and their families across Ohio and the nation.



This post expresses the views and opinions of the author(s) and not necessarily that of Warren County Post management or staff.

Yesterday, as I was driving north on Route 48 in Lebanon, I noticed a bumper sticker on the back of an SUV in the shape of a Butterfinger candy bar. On the bumper sticker was one word “Butthurt.” It gave me a chuckle as I had heard that American slang many times in the past… “butt” never on a bumper sticker.


Engineering's Gender Gap Narrows

When Vanessa Glotfelter was in high school, she shadowed her uncle Dave for a day at his city engineering job.

“They were building a golf course, and I got to go on a four-wheeler. I thought, ‘This is so cool! This is what civil engineers do?’”

Glotfelter earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati. And while she never rode another four-wheeler on the job, much to her disappointment, she said engineering has been a rewarding career.


ODNR is Now on Outerspatial for your New Ohio Trails App

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is excited to join OuterSpatial to provide a free mobile app for users to access state trail maps and important information regarding state parks, wildlife areas, forests, and nature preserves. You can download the app today to explore Ohio Trails+.


Dining on a Covered Bridge in Ohio Might be the Most Romantic Date Night Ever

It’s no secret we have a major crush on covered bridges here at OnlyInYourState, and Ohio is a wonderful place to be if you’re as enchanted by these historic structures as us. There are some truly remarkable covered bridges in Ohio; these places make for fantastic day trips or road trip detours. But that’s not all: in Union County, there’s an event called Dine on a Covered Bridge that invites folks to come for an entire day of tours, wining, and dining, in Central Ohio! Can you think of a more memorable or romantic date than dining on a covered bridge in Ohio?


Drivers Beware: Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure Cyclists Bike into Hamilton

Some 1,200 cyclists with the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure pedaled their way into Hamilton today and will be staying in the area until Friday.

The city of Hamilton is reminding motorists to drive smart as they’ll be sharing the road with people on bicycles and other self-powered velocipedes.


Brian K. Gorog Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

HUDSON, OH, June 18, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Brian Gorog with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. 


Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana Counties Awarded Funds for Fairs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The state has awarded $106,831.54 each to agricultural societies in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties to support fairgrounds and enhance experiences for fairgoers. 

“Fairs bring communities together and are an important part of the Mahoning Valley identity,” said state Rep. Lauren McNally of Youngstown, D-59th. “I’m thankful state lawmakers are helping to remove barriers to entry and ensuring all Ohioans can enjoy them.”


Boats Cruise the Seine River in Paris Olympics Opening Ceremony Rehearsal

PARIS, France — Curious onlookers gathered on bridges as dozens of boats snaked along the Seine river on Monday in a rehearsal for the Paris Olympics' unique opening ceremony next month.


Ohio Counties Receive Over $100,000 for Fairs

(WKBN) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Monday $10 million in grants to support Ohio fairgrounds. The funding was awarded as part of Ohio’s County and Independent Fair Grant Program which was established to support county and independent agricultural societies with improvements including upgrades to grounds, electrical and sanitation systems, machinery and equipment, and ADA accommodations.  


Ohio Traffic Safety Office Hosts Free Advanced Driver Training for Teens in Mahoning County

The Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, is hosting free hands-on training this summer for teen drivers across the state to practice crash avoidance techniques and gain the experience necessary to become safer drivers.


Perry Twp. Trustees Receive an Update on Painter Road Project

PERRY TOWNSHIP — The board of trustees provided an update on the status of the Painter Road project in its recent meeting.


More Storms Caused Serious Damage in Muskingum County on Friday. Here's the Latest Update.

NEWTON TOWNSHIP — A brief, but hard-hitting storm took down trees and shut down roads on Friday evening in the Avondale area according to the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office.


Google Street View Car Coming to Wood County, Other Parts of Ohio

According to its website, Google’s Street View car will be coming to Wood County though members of some Bowling Green Facebook pages claim to have already seen it in the area.


The Biggest Cruise Ships in the World Actually Shrink to Fit Under Bridges

Cruise ships are engineering marvels, and they can even perform a little-known trick to fit under bridges. Royal Caribbean recently began offering summer cruises from the New York City area on Symphony of the Seas. Symphony is an Oasis Class ship, making it one of the biggest cruise ships in the world.


Billions. That's How Much this NASA Glenn Engineer's New Invention Could Generate for the Economy. Billions.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WEWS) -- A Northeast Ohio engineer is being credited with an invention that could revolutionize how jet engines and rockets are made.

For the past nine years, Tim Smith has worked as a materials research engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center. His latest invention, a 3D printable metal alloy dubbed "GRX-810," has been tested to withstand higher temperatures and last longer than other state-of-the-art alloys.


Noble County Man Turning 102 Today

HARRIETTSVILLE — A Harriettsville, Ohio, man who served as a Marine in the Pacific during World War II will be celebrating his 102nd birthday today.

Donald Bennett was born to Blanch and Lee Bennett at their home in Cambridge, Ohio, on June 13, 1922.


Seat Belt Use in Ohio Among Lowest in Nation

COLUMBUS — One of the safest and easiest choices drivers and passengers can make to practice safety inside a vehicle is to buckle up. AAA supports efforts by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and bill sponsor State Representative Jon Cross (R-Findlay) to enact a primary enforcement bill on safety belts for front seat, said a AAA press release.


Ohio State Receives $4.9Million to Train Climate-Ready Workforce along Lake Erie Shoreline

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has received a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and NOAA to fund a project that will train new workers to fulfill the specialized workforce needs of the water industry in the Ohio Great Lakes region.



Area Counties Among Top 10 in Central Ohio Unclaimed Funds

(Central Ohio) – When it comes to counties with the largest amount of unclaimed funds being safeguarded by the state of Ohio, Franklin County ranks at the top of the list in Central Ohio and second in the state. Of the approximately $4 billion currently in possession by the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Unclaimed Funds, more than $343 million – or 8.5% – belongs to residents and businesses in Franklin County. 


County Engineer Talks Roads

Selover Public Library in Chesterville held its fifth “Officially Speaking” event on May 22. Morrow County Engineer Bart Dennison joined a small group of local residents to enjoy some light refreshments and to talk about himself and the county engineer’s responsibilities.


Senator Wilkin Announces Millions of Dollars for District Projects; Highland County Engineer's Office Awarded $1M

State Senator Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro) announced the investment of millions of dollars from the One-Time Strategic Community Investment Fund (OTSCIF) to support meaningful projects that will benefit our local communities and residents for years to come.


ODOT Seeking Public Comment on Projects Districtwide

LIMA, Ohio (June 11, 2024) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Executive Order 11988, is seeking public comments regarding the following proposed projects:


This NASA Glenn Engineer's New Invention Could Generate Billion$

CLEVELAND — A Northeast Ohio engineer is being credited with an invention that could revolutionize how jet engines and rockets are made.

For the past nine years, Tim Smith has worked as a materials research engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center. His latest invention, a 3D printable metal alloy dubbed "GRX-810," has been tested to withstand higher temperatures and last longer than other state-of-the-art alloys.


Northwest Ohio is a Fishing Destination for Yellow Perch, Large Mouth Bass, and Crappie

FINDLAY, Ohio – Southwest Ohio’s public lakes and reservoirs are an excellent place to fish for saugeye, muskellunge, crappie, and hybrid-striped bass, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Summer is a great time to grab a fishing pole and head to the nearest body of water.


Willoughby Hills Bishop Road Bridge Project Scheduled to Start

The Bishop Road bridge project in Willoughby Hills is slated to commence at the beginning of next week.

Mayor Chris Hallum said road closure signs have been put in place for people to consider in their travel plans.

“Our road crew is out on the roads patching,” he said. “We have also completed paving on Maple Hill (Road) and Morning Star (Court).”


Report Details 'Imminent Danger of Collapse' Following Building Explosion; City Working to Evacuate More Residents

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown gave another update on the status of the Realty Building on Tuesday following a structural engineer report that was issued to city officials.


How Do You Build Tunnels and Bridges Underwater? A Geotechnical Engineer Explains the Construction Tricks

When I was a kid, I discovered a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip that posed one of my own burning questions: How do they know the load limit on bridges? Calvin’s dad (incorrectly) tells him, “They drive bigger and bigger trucks over it until it breaks. Then they weigh the last truck and rebuild the bridge.”


'Your Worst Nightmare': Logan County Horse Trainers Lose 44 Horses in Barn Fire

LOGAN COUNTY, Ohio — Brandon and Cathy Brant are in disbelief looking at their barn in Belle Center, still smoking more than a day after a devastating fire.

The fire spread quickly, with dozens of horses trapped inside. Some escaped, but 44 horses were killed.


ODOT Updates County on Impact of Inflation

TIFFIN --- At the Seneca County Commissioners’ meeting Thursday, the board received an update from Ohio Department of Transportation members, regarding transportation costs.

District Two Deputy Director Pat McColley discussed inflation in transportation, which continues to be on the rise. The key drivers for inflation in transportation are oil, cement, steel and labor.

“The more development that’s happening, the worse it (inflation) is going to get,” McColley said.


Governor DeWine Cracks Down on Speeding in Ohio Work Zones

In a stern reminder to drivers, new statistics from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) highlight the urgent need for caution in work zones.

Since 2019, Ohio highways have seen 26,000 crashes. The message is clear: slow down when you see an orange cone or face hefty fines.


Ribbon Cutting Held for New West Farmington Bridge

A ribbon cutting was held for a new bridge in West Farmington Tuesday. The bridge is located along Housel Craft Road and goes over Mud Run. The project took about 70 days to build.


A Mason Second Grader Takes 1st place in State Contest

MASON, OH -- . Ankit Ray, a Mason Early Childhood Center second grader, has placed first in the 2024 Imagine Engineering Coloring Contest out of 8,588 students statewide. Ankit will receive the first place prize, a telescope, for his detailed and colorful drawing showing an engineer planning, designing and testing drones to seed forests.


Remarkable Career Comes to an End

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — From growing up on the west side of Cincinnati to working 25-plus years as engineer of rural Fayette County, Steve Luebbe said he is fortunate and grateful for the journey.

“I’ve been so honored to be able to serve in this capacity over the last 25 years,” said Luebbe, who recently retired as Fayette County Engineer. “Fayette County has been home to me, we have made so many great friends in that time, and I appreciate the opportunity to be able to raise a family here.”


Pickaway County to Benefit from US 23 Ohio Construction Project Funding

Columbus, Ohio – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jack Marchbanks have revealed a slate of over a dozen transportation initiatives aimed at bolstering job growth and retention across the state.

A total investment of nearly $5 million will be channeled into 14 projects under the purview of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transportation Improvement District program.


Linkous Reelected as Northeast Region VP of National Assoc. of County Engineers

Clinton County Engineer Jeff Linkous, P.E., P.S. was re-elected as the Northeast Region Vice President of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) at its recent annual meeting and technical conference, according to a news release.

Linkous’ term will run through April of 2026. He was first elected to this position in 2022.


Ohio Intersections Get Funding for Improvements

The state is looking to construct roundabouts to create a safer drive. Dayton, Ohio will be getting three new roundabouts as a part of the highway safety improvement program to cut down on fatal crashes. 


Your New Neighbors May Drive a Buggy - Ohio's Amish Population is Growing

Ohio’s Amish population is on the rise — up nearly 10,000 people in the past five years alone, according to data collected by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College.

It’s part of a national trend.


Crews Tackling Numerous Road Project this Summer in Mahoning County

It’s going to be a busy summer for road work.

Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said roughly $25 million in various road and bridge projects will be underway, including the ongoing work along Western Reserve Road between Hitchcock Road and South Avenue.


OSHP Reminds Drivers to 'Buckle Up' and 'Drive Sober' for Memorial Day

COLUMBUS – During the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be highly visible on Ohio’s roadways promoting traffic safety. As motorists travel this weekend, troopers are reminding drivers to utilize their safety belts and to be responsible by designating a sober driver. The effort begins at midnight on Friday, May 24 and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 27.


Humanetics Celebrates 30 Years of Manufacturing in Erie County, Ohio, Helping to Save Lives Worldwide

Humanetics, the world’s premier manufacturer of anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs) - commonly known as crash test dummies - is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary of operations in Erie County, Ohio, and its 15th year in Huron, Ohio.


Purple People Bridge to Partially Reopen Friday After Debris Fell Earlier This Week

CINCINNATI, OH —The Purple People Bridge, which has been closed since last weekend, is set to partially reopen on Friday.

The bridge is currently shut down after a set of large rocks from one of the main supports on the Ohio side of the bridge fell from about 40 feet up on an abutment last Sunday. No injuries were reported from the incident.



Baltimore Key Bridge Collapse: Dali Container Ship Refloated, Moved to Marine Terminal

The massive container ship that caused the deadly collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge nearly two months ago was refloated Monday morning and towed to a port, revealing a new opening in the city’s skyline.



What's a Diverging Diamond? Ohio Believes 46/82 Project Will Help 50,000 Daily Drivers

Ohio Department of Transportation construction team is one year into a diverging diamond onto the Ohio 46 at Ohio 82 interchange project.

They’re restructuring the intersection in Howland and demolishing the Ohio 82 bridge over Ohio 46.



FEMA Opens Recovery Centers in Several Ohio Counties Impacted by Tornadoes

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After tornadoes led to extensive damages and loss in several Ohio counties two months ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that they have set up recovery centers.


Benjamin Logan Students Honored for Achievements at State Science Day

Benjamin Logan High School students recently attended the State Science Day Celebration of Science Showcase held at The Ohio State University.

This all-day event recognized Ohio students in grades 5-12 who earned a Superior rating on their State Science Day projects.

These students had the opportunity to present their projects, compete for additional scholarships and prizes, and engage with practitioners in their field.


ODOT: Automated Flaggers Making Road Work Safer

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, flagging traffic is one of the most dangerous jobs. If you drive a car, you’ve probably seen them at road construction sites:  Men and women wearing neon safety vests and holding signs that read “slow” on one side, and “stop” on the other. ODOT employees coordinate with each other to flip the signs, allowing traffic to move by the work site.


New Treetop Canopy Walk Opens at Blacklick Woods Metro Park

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Blacklick Woods Metro Park opened its new canopy walk Friday surrounded by dozens of guests eager to see the view from the treetops.


Goshen Township Trustees Move Forward with Duck Creek Road Renovation Project

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP – The Board of Trustees took the next steps on the Duck Creek Road renovation project in its meeting Tuesday. Trustees voted unanimously to approve a resolution to proceed with the Duck Creek Road Project and sign the memorandum of understanding with the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office for the use of funds from the Mahoning County sales tax for roadway improvement for the project.


According to You: Hagerty Readers' Favorite Driving Roads

The call of the open road is hard to ignore for most car enthusiasts, and those who read this website are no different. The feedback we received from this question stretched across the United States, was enlightening, and a bit overwhelming. Some answers went beyond the lower 48 and were impossible to overlook in this collection.


'Single Most Important Thing You Can Do;' Ohio Pushing for Stricter Seatbelt Laws

CLARK COUNTY — More people are dying on Ohio’s highways because they are not wearing seatbelts.

State data shows since 2019, over 60 percent of all deadly crashes were because drivers did not buckle up.

“I always wear my seatbelt,” Nathon Alexander said.


Rep, Sykes Delivers $9.1M to Improve Summit County High Level Bridge

AKRON, OH — U.S. Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-District 13) presented two ceremonial checks May 9 to Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker and Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro totaling $9.1 million to replace the Summit County High Level Bridge connecting Cuyahoga Falls and Akron.


Safety is Our Main Concern

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — The Fayette County Engineer’s Office is taking an active role to protect Miami Trace students and implement traffic safety during the school district’s busiest times, according to FCEO Chief Deputy Jason Little.


US Bridge is so Terrifying People Pay Others to Drive Across it for Them

When you are traveling by car, you are sometimes treated to beautiful landscapes, and some of the best ones can be seen overlooking one of the nation's beautiful bodies of water as you drive across a bridge. Usually bridges are short, quick spans, but sometimes they are bigger and longer, which for a few drivers can be pretty scary. In fact, there is one bridge in the U.S. that some people find so terrifying that they have to hire someone to drive their car, with them in it, the entire length of the span.


US Army Corps of Engineers Will Spend $450,000 to Repair the West Arrowhead Breakwater

OSWEGO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District, announced this week it will make $450,000 worth of final repairs to the West Arrowhead breakwater in Oswego Harbor.

The dredging, soil sampling and cleanup work is part of $17.6 million in spending for projects stretching from Ohio to northern New York.

The local repairs will start this summer and stretch into the fall of 2025.


Semi Overturns at Dorr Street Roundabout, Causing Industrial Spill

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Crews are working to clean up an industrial spill after a semi overturned trying to navigate a roundabout.

The semi overturned trying to get off the I-475/US-23 exit ramp to Dorr Street around noon Tuesday.


Truck Lodged Under Bridge in Urbana

On Monday at 10:39 a.m., Urbana Police and Fire Divisions were sent to a crash involving a Waste Management semi-truck stuck under the railroad overpass on West Light Street, just east of Railroad Street.


Operation Blue Sky: Procession of Police Drives Through Local Communities

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office led the annual Operation Blue Sky procession Saturday night to kick off Officer Memorial Week or, as referenced by Chief Deputy Mark Warden, “Police Week.”


Billions in Federal Funding Committed to Ohio Projects

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Biden Administration has committed billions of dollars to Ohio for private sector and public investments, but where is that money going?


12 Tornadoes Confirmed in Ohio as Severe Storms Cross Central US

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio — At least 12  tornadoes have touched down in Ohio and three have been confirmed in Michigan as severe storms barreled through the central U.S. late Tuesday and early Wednesday, killing one man in Tennessee when a tree toppled onto a vehicle he was in.


Roadeo Champions Crowned: ODOT District 1 Employees Showcase Skills

LIMA, Ohio (May 9, 2024) - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 hosted its annual truck and loader roadeo at the Allen County highway maintenance facility in Lima, where 54 employees from across the eight-county district competed for top honors.


Ohio Moves to Tighten Seatbelt Laws

In a bid to bolster road safety and curb fatalities, Ohio lawmakers are pushing for stricter seatbelt enforcement, a move that could see not buckling up become a primary offense.


Aerial Video of Storm Damage in Eastern Ohio

(CBS) Tornado reports came in just after 1 a.m. Wednesday as a line of thunderstorms with an embedded supercell rolled through Jefferson and Hancock counties in extreme eastern Ohio.


Update: over 6,000 Still Without Power After Severe Weather Moves Through Our Area

MIAMI VALLEY — Over 6,200 people are still without power in the Miami Valley after severe weather moves through the area.


Ohio Investing $40.9M in Traffic Safety Projects

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently announced it will invest $40.9 million in 27 traffic safety projects focused on protecting pedestrians and preventing roadway departures in 21 counties.


School Sidewalk, Paving Projects Top List

Two resurfacing projects, a bridge replacement and a school sidewalk in Carroll County are included in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) 2024 construction program.
The agency recently announced plans to invest $2.8 billion in 950 road and bridge improvement projects across the state. 


Project Connecting Bikeway to State Route 682 Gets Funds

COLUMBUS — The Athens County Engineer’s Office will receive approximately $1.44 million to construct a multi-use path along Johnson Road in The Plains, the road to get to Eclipse Mining Town, to connect the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway to State Route 682.


Families Trapped by Train Tracks Holding on to Hope for Way Out

ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP, Ohio — It could still be years before families have a better way out of one Ohio neighborhood, as residents say too often they end up trapped by trains. 


Ashland Operated Midway Islands During WWII

The Reconstruction Finance Corporation was established in 1932 by the Hoover administration to help fight the Great Depression. At the outbreak of World War II, it became a part of the War Department. A subsidiary was the Defense Plant Corporation (DPC), which financed wartime factories and shipyards that were government-owned and leased to operators. 


Logan County History - Plowing Contest

In April 1928, Logan County farmers were the first to participate in a state plowing contest in which excellence of work done, rather than speed, was the determining factor for winning. Sponsored by the Logan County Farm Bureau, they provided the competition medals, local farmers and businessmen donated the cash prizes, and the sweepstakes silver loving cup was given by the Agricultural Engineering Department at Ohio State University.


Governor DeWine Announces Nearly $41Million for Traffic Safety Projects

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced $40.9 million in funding for 27 new traffic safety projects focused on protecting pedestrians and preventing roadway departures in 21 counties. 


Super Load Transport for Intel Plant in New Albany Delayed for One Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It takes a lot of resources to create an Intel chip manufacturing plant, a lot of big resources to be specific.

The ninth of almost two dozen super loads headed to New Albany, the site of the new plant, has been delayed a week, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced in a press release.


New Section of Olentangy Trail Could Take a Year or More to Finish Construction

Columbus wants to spend $10 million to connect two sections of the Olentangy Trail in Clintonville.

The project would create bridges and a boardwalk across the Olentangy River at two points, diverting the path off of the roads it currently runs on in that span. Columbus City Council has approved the funding for the project with 60% being covered by state and federal grants.


Biden Approves Ohio Disaster Declaration After Deadly Tornadoes

LOGAN COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - President Joe Biden on Thursday approved Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s disaster declaration request after deadly tornadoes ripped through the state in March.


Governor DeWine Announces $1.7M in H2Ohio Grants for Road Salt Management

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio EPA Thursday announced $1.7 million in grants for more than 30 municipalities and counties as part of the H2Ohio Rivers Program. The grants are the first to be awarded under the new H2Ohio Rivers Chloride Reduction Grant program.


Intel Video Shows What 28 Billion Ohio One Campus in New Albany Will Look When Finished

Intel has produced a new video showing how its $28 billion Ohio One campus will look right down to the white New Albany fence when it is completed in a few years.


Ohio Bill Would Require Road Work Crews Try To Locate Owners of Deceased Pets

An Ohio House bill would require road crews who discover a deceased dog or cat to try to find the owner of the animal by scanning it for pet identification chips.


ODNR Division of Forestry Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree Plantings

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry celebrated the department’s 75th anniversary with public tree plantings statewide on Arbor Day. These events highlight the importance of trees and empower communities to participate in environmental stewardship, fostering a deeper connection to nature for generations to come.


Science Fiction Looks to the Present to Predict the Future

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a weekly series on our region’s history coordinated by the Trumbull County Historical Society. Imagining what the future looks like is a massive undertaking. Executing that vision and making it a reality is even more challenging.


Engineers Plan for Work on Historic Bridge

WEATHERSFIELD — The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office is planning for the rehabilitation of the historic Ohltown viaduct bridge along Austintown Warren Road.


H2Ohio Moves Statewide, Plus Other Updates

Since Governor DeWine initially launched H2Ohio in 2019 there have been some ups and downs, but ultimately the program has made positive impacts in farm efficiency, funding opportunities and water quality.


Temporary Fix in the Works for Badly Slipping Monroe County Road

Headley Ridge Road in Monroe County was closed last week because of a major road slip.

The county had been struggling to get funding for the repairs, but now the process is underway.


McCall Installed as President of the National Association of County Engineers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Champaign County, Ohio County Engineer Stephen McCall was installed as president of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) at their recent annual conference. McCall’s term will run through April of 2025.


Warren Township Approves Firm for Dam Study

WARREN TOWNSHIP — Trustees have approved entering into a contract with DLZ Services to conduct a study of the Leavittsburg Dam.


Wildflowers, Migrating Birds Spread Spring's Beauty Throughout Northeast Ohio

Celebrate spring with a walk among the wildflowers at Holden Arboretum and parks in Lake and Geauga counties, which surround us and are within a few minutes’ drive of most communities in this area. Migrating birds are also returning now, so don’t forget to listen and look up during your search for wildflowers.


DeWine Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Former ODOT Director

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered the U.S. flag and state flag to fly at half-staff in honor of the life and service of former ODOT Director Jerry Wray.


Ohio, Local Officials Mourn Former ODOT Director, Licking County Engineer Jerry Wray

NEWARK − Jerry Wray, a Newark resident elected Licking County engineer before rising to become the only two-time director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, has died.


Eagle Bridge Co. Works on Final Leg of U.S. 35 Upgrade

A $40 million project that will ease congestion, enhance traffic flow and improve safety along the corridor between Xenia and Beavercreek is under construction in Greene County, Ohio. Work began in early March 2023.


Watch: Ohio Bridge Turns by Hand

MARIETTA, Ohio (WANE via STORYFUL) – Timelapse footage captured the moment the Harmar bridge rotated in Marietta, Ohio, on Sunday, April 21, to let a boat pass in high water.


Wastewater Treatment Gets Upgrade in Rural Ohio

West Portsmouth, Ohio, sitting serenely near the confluence of the Scioto and Ohio Rivers in Appalachia, now has an upgraded wastewater treatment plant. 

According to J.P. Pickelsimer, Scioto County Sanitary Engineer, West Portsmouth’s treatment facility – built in the early 1970s – served the community well for nearly half a century.


Road Warrior: I-75 Connector Reopens Northbound; New Roundabout Project to Start

The Summit Street connector from I-75 at Exit 2 in Erie Township to M-125 just north of Erie, Mich., reopened to northbound traffic last week.


Governor Unveils Re-Designed Rest Area

Licking County- A newly re-designed rest area on Interstate 70 in Licking County includes images of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, Ohio’s first United Nations Educational Scientific and Culture Organization World Heritage site.


Engineer Proposes Rehabilitation of Historic Trumbull County Bridge

WEATHERSFIELD TWP., Ohio (WKBN) — Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith proposed Friday to rehabilitate the historic Ohltown Viaduct Bridge and is seeking public comments about the project.


Young Surveyors Hunt for Historic Boundary Line

On the morning of April 6, 10 hardy souls of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio, Inc. (PLSO) — Young Surveyors Network met at the Hocking County Engineer’s Office to begin the search for the west line of the Ohio Company Purchase, also known as the west lines of Starr and Green Townships.


County Engineer's Office Continues with Road Construction Despite the Rainy Spring Weather

LANCASTER − The weather has not been cooperating much for Fairfield County Engineer Jeremiah Upp's office's road construction schedule with the all the rain the area has received this spring.


Commissioners Approve Purchases for Engineer's Office

JEFFERSON — The Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to make a number of purchases for the Ashtabula County Engineer's Office at a Tuesday morning meeting.


Hamilton County to Study Reconnecting Communities Divided by I-75

HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO — Both the federal government and local leaders have been focused on reconnecting communities divided by highways like I-75 over the last few years.


Ohio Department of Transportation Releases its List of Projects for Guernsey County

JACKSONTOWN − The Ohio Department of Transportation is kicking off a record construction season, investing $2.8 billion into 950 road and bridge improvement projects across the state. Many of these projects are in District 5, which includes Coshocton, Guernsey, Muskingum and Perry counties.


Ohio State Highway Patrol Reminds Motorists to Stay Focused

COLUMBUS — April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to commit to eliminating distractions while behind the wheel.


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Wants to Strengthen Seat Belt Laws, GOP Lawmakers Not Interested

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is drafting a bill to strengthen seat belt laws and allow law enforcement officers to pull people over for not buckling up. Republican lawmakers aren’t interested, arguing that it goes against personal liberty.


Sixth Superload Rolls into Pickaway County

In an impressive feat of logistics, the journey of a colossal “super load” continues as it traverses from a dock along the Ohio River near Manchester in Adams County to its destination in New Albany, located in Licking County. This marks the sixth of approximately twenty such oversized loads set to undertake this remarkable voyage.


ODOT Launches Record $2.8 Billion Construction Season, Aims to Improve Roads and Bridges Statewide

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is launching its largest-ever construction season, pouring $2.8 billion into 950 projects aimed at improving roads and bridges throughout the state. Among these, 39 have been designated as “major projects,” each valued at over $10 million.


Spring Planting and Open Ditch Maintenance

The Mercer County Commissioners and the Mercer County Engineer would like to remind those who plant and till the fields around the county this spring to remember to avoid planting in the roadway right-of-way.


OSHP Charges 1,255 Ohio Drivers with Distracted Driving During Focused Enforcement Period

OHIO — As part of a six-state partnership focused on distracted driving enforcement during the first week of April, 1,255 Ohio drivers were charged with distracted driving, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) press release.


Rain Delay: Valley Weather Holds Up Several Projects

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – As seemingly continuous rains inundate the Mahoning and Shenango valleys, officials are facing delays when it comes to several road and infrastructure projects.“We start getting heavy rains like this–the ground is super saturated–it can’t absorb any more,” said Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti. “It’s going to certainly accelerate the deterioration and the damage.”


NWS: Lawrence County Storm Damage Reclassified as Being Caused by EF-1 Tornado

OHIO — The National Weather Service said Friday that storm damage in Lawrence County on April 2 has been reclassified to have been caused by an EF-1 tornado.


OSHP: Despite Increase in Traffic, Eclipse Travel Went Smoothly

While Ohio saw an increase in visitors and travel for the total solar eclipse on Monday, traffic continued to flow without too many issues, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


Columbus Department of Public Service Tests Bike Lane Width and Protections at Pop-Up Event

It was only a test, but for cyclists who have to get around much of Columbus riding in vehicle traffic with no bike lanes, it was another hopeful pedal forward.


Ohio Turnpike Implements New Toll System

OHIO — Travelers using the Ohio Turnpike may notice some changes after its new tolling system went into effect Wednesday morning. 


Officials Finalize Plans for 2024 Road Projects in Allen County

ALLEN COUNTY, OH (WLIO) - Allen County engineers are ready to start work on resurfacing roadways around the county.


County Likely to Fund Leavittsburg Dam Study

WARREN — Two of three Trumbull County commissioners likely will vote today to approve providing up to $30,000 for a study that will look at possible alternatives to the elimination of the Leavittsburg dam.


How are Brillo Pad Makers Involved in a Nearly Complete Bike Trail Through Ohio?

LONDON, Ohio (WCMH) – Closing the gap in Madison County’s trails has been a project more than two decades in the making, and a deal quietly in the works could finish the job.

For years, a scarcely-used rail spur cutting through downtown London has prevented Madison County’s network of more than 15 miles of paved trails from connecting. The spur ends at a plant now owned by house cleaning product brand Armaly and has, by the plant manager’s estimate, been used maybe once in the past five years.


Auto Components Expansion to Bring Manufacturing Jobs, Investment to Tuscarawas County

Dover, in Tuscarawas County, will soon get an economic boost as Schaeffler Manufacturing USA expands production of electric vehicles and hybrid automotive components.


Report: Most Ohio Bridges are in "Good" Shape

Although the bridge collapse in Baltimore last month was due to a series of unlikely accidents rather than crumbling infrastructure, the incident has renewed focus on the vulnerability of bridges across the U.S.


Bridges, Roundabouts Coming in 2025

The Delaware County Engineer’s Office published its 2024-25 Road Construction Guide in February. It lists 19 county and township road projects. This article will look at the major projects slated for 2025.


From 2-4pm Watch News5 Coverage of the Solar Eclipse

In just a few hours, day will turn to night in one of the most unique events you'll ever experience— the April 8 total solar eclipse. Here's everything you need to know for Eclipse Day.


Elope at the Eclipse: 150 Couples Trek to Ohio to Wed During the Total Solar Eclipse

SENECA COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - You know that hit song by Bonnie Tyler from 1983 with the lyrics:

“Once upon a time there was light in my life, but now there’s only love in the dark. Nothing I can say, a total eclipse of the heart.”

Welp, it’s happening in 2024.

On April 8, 150 couples will travel to Seneca County, Ohio for “Elope at the Eclipse” to wed during the total solar eclipse.


Troopers Remind Motorists to Eliminate Distractions While Behind the Wheel

MARYSVILLE — April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and troopers of the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to commit to eliminating distractions while behind the wheel.

Ohio’s distracted driving law became a primary offense last April after Governor Mike DeWine signed SB 288.


Engineers Say a Cable-Stayed Bridge Could be in Port of Baltimore's Future

Had you crossed the Francis Scott Key Bridge just a few weeks ago, as millions of motorists did before a wayward container ship struck it in the early hours of March 26, you’d have passed below a familiar steel superstructure of triangulated sections about half a mile long, a sight that was part of Baltimore’s skyline for decades.


Crews Repair Damaged Bridge After Neighbors Say They Were Stuck for Days

Construction crews arrived at Wolford Road on Friday morning and repaired a bridge that was damaged on Tuesday, the Licking County Engineer's Office said.


DeWine Activates Ohio Emergency Operations Center Ahead of Solar Eclipse

OHIO — Gov. Mike DeWine activated the Ohio Emergency Operations Center Friday, just three days before the solar eclipse, which is expected to draw large crowds to the Buckeye State.


Where to Eat in Cincinnati, the Ohio City Championing Beer and Bacon Doughnuts

Among the dozens of flavored spice rub blends arranged in tins at Colonel De Gourmet Herbs and Spices, I’ve singled out Ole’ Bourbon Trail. It seems the ideal souvenir from this stall in Cincinnati’s Findlay Market, which is set barely a mile from Ohio’s border with Kentucky, America’s ‘bourbon state’. It’s bold stuff: brown sugar and smoky paprika giving way to a burst of coriander, hickory and chili.  


Licking County Families Stuck After Bridge Collapses During Tuesday's Storm

Licking County families said a bridge collapse has them trapped inside their neighborhood.

The Licking County Engineer's Office said a temporary bridge, which provided access to Wolford Road, collapsed Tuesday night after heavy rain caused the Rocky Fork Creek to flood.


Fear, Awe and Tecumseh: What was Life like in Ohio During the 1806 Total Solar Eclipse?

It's been more than two centuries since a total solar eclipse shrouded Ohio in temporal darkness on June 16, 1806. An event that sparked fear and awe. Reverence and superstition. Uproar and enlightenment.


The Total Solar Eclipse is on Monday. Here's What to Expect in Ohio.

The long-awaited day is almost here.

A total solar eclipse in Ohio hasn't happened since 1806, and it won't happen again until 2099.

One thing is for sure: Clouds or not, the sun is going to disappear behind the moon for about three minutes across northern Ohio.

And there will be total darkness.

As of now, the weather looks to be sunny and bright.


Amish Youth Group Picks Up Litter in Southeastern Wayne County

An Amish youth group recently volunteered their time to pick up litter in the southeastern corner of Wayne County.  According to the county engineer’s office, the group covered 50 miles of roadways, filling up hundreds of trash bags and two large dumpsters.  


Adams County Ravaged by Tuesday Storms

Emergency personnel, electric companies and residents of Adams County have been on the job all night, cleaning up from a Tuesday night storm that left a path of damage throughout the county. Most of the damage was in and around the West Union area, where radar-confirmed tornadoes touched down and the Cincinnati news stations set up in the county for the second time in less than a week.


No Initial Reports of Serious Storm Damage in Central Ohio, Though Flooding Remains Threat

There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries to authorities in central Ohio counties following severe storms Tuesday night — including in Fairfield and Licking counties where a tornado warning was issued.


Project Will Widen Alum Creek

For decades, Alum Creek Drive was a two lane rural road, but the once sleepy road has expanded over the years along with area development and there are plans to widen the road even further to accommodate more traffic and growth.


How do Ohio Locals Feel about the Upcoming Eclipse and the Tourists it Will Bring?

On April 8, Ohio will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. The rare celestial event is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the state.

For a few awe-inspiring minutes, the sky will grow dark, but what about the hours before and after?


Jefferson County Commissioners Look Over Engineer's Report

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners approved plans for a new online application and approval process for the county engineer’s special hauling, utility and driveway permitting system.


Plan Ahead, Be Prepared, Have Patience

Plan ahead and be prepared before you head out to view April’s solar eclipse.

And be patient.


Superload Number 3 (of Two Dozen!) Parked in Ross County Until Friday Morning

Fairgrounds Road in Ross County — As the Scioto Post reported yesterday, the third “Superload” being shipped from the Ohio River to facilities in Central Ohio is parked in Ross County until Friday morning.


Highland County Planning Road Projects

Highland County, Ohio - Multiple new and continuing road projects are planned for this upcoming construction season, according to Highland County Engineer Christopher Fauber.


Jefferson County Engineering Reports Banner Year, Cites Accomplishments

The Jefferson County Engineering Department presented its annual report to the Jefferson County commissioners on Thursday, calling it a “banner year.”


Army Corps of Engineers to Deploy 1,100 Personnel to Baltimore After Bridge Collapse

(The Hill) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is deploying more than 1,100 personnel to Baltimore, Maryland, following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge into the Patapsco River early Tuesday morning, the service said in a statement. 


Local County Engineer Paul Gruner Speaks on Baltimore Bridge Collapse

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — As more information is released on the catastrophic bridge collapse in Baltimore, a Montgomery County engineer provided a local perspective.

Engineer Paul Gruner said once major damage is caused to a bridge’s pier, there’s no stopping what happens next. He said no matter how many protections were put in place at the Francis Scott Key Bridge, there was no way it could have withstood the impact of a ship that size.


Local County Engineer Pat Ginnetti Reacts to Baltimore Bridge Collapse

YOUNGTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – In the early morning darkness, a container ship leaving Baltimore harbor smashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing it to collapse.

Rescuers said they pulled out two people, but six others were still missing The ship’s crew issued a mayday call shortly before the collision, which allowed authorities to limit the flow of traffic onto the bridge but some vehicles still went into the water

Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti learned about the bridge collapse early Tuesday much like everyone else. He said it looked to be the “perfect storm.”


Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse in Baltimore Brings to Mind Several Collapses in Ohio

The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed Tuesday after being struck by a cargo ship, sending at least seven people into the water. A massive emergency response is underway.


Agencies Pull Together to Assist with Debris Clean Up

The Logan County Engineer’s Office received assistance late last week to clean up of storm damage debris at Indian Lake from Engineer’s Office Associations in Hardin, Shelby and Auglaize Counties, along with the Ohio National Guard. Loads were being transported from Lakeview to the Cherokee Run Landfill in Bellefontaine. The City of Bellefontaine and Ohio Department of Transportation sent crews to the area as well. (Logan County Engineer’s Office Photo)


Federal Program: Coshocton County Gets Green Light on Bridge Replacement Project

COSHOCTON − The Coshocton County Engineer's Office is partnering with the Ohio Department of Transportation on a federal program to replace a bridge over Evans Creek on Adams Township Road 252, near Ohio 751.


Covered Bridge Work Moving Towards Finish Line

HARPERSFIELD — Construction on the renovated Harpersfield Covered Bridge is nearing completion, and will likely be open for emergency vehicles by late April, said Ashtabula County Engineer’s Office Chief Deputy Tom Partridge.

Partridge said the Ohio Department of Transportation is planning to start construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Route 307 and Route 534. “They are pushing us. They want us to be done by April 29. ... We are on-schedule to make that happen for at least emergency vehicles,” he said.


Some Fear the Crush of Visitors to Ohio for the Total Eclipse Could Crash Cell Networks

There seems to be some disagreement over whether cellphones will work in northern Ohio during the total eclipse.

Everyone is in agreement that the dark shadow cast by the eclipse in northern Ohio will not have any impact on cellphones.


The Lost Railroad

When the mayor of New York City, in 1810, took a pencil and drew a proposed canal route on a piece of paper connecting the Hudson River with Lake Erie, everyone thought he was crazy. In fact, Thomas Jefferson already said it was “a little short of madness.” De Witt Clinton would not back down though and when the Erie Canal was completed in 1825, and he was now the Governor of the State of New York, it was everything but a “Folly”.


While Ohio's Population Grew, Stark County's Population Stayed in Steady in 2023

Stark County's population stayed steady last year.

The county's population was 372,716 last year, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates. That's a slight dip from 2022, down by just 69 people. The county's population has dropped steadily since the pandemic.



How Black Ice Forms on Roads

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Valley experienced some rain, snow and a wintry mix Friday night into Saturday morning. It has led to slick roads around the area.



Logan County Officials Provide Update on Recovery Efforts Following Last Week's Deadly Tornado

LOGAN COUNTY, Ohio — Logan County officials provided an update Friday afternoon on response and recovery efforts following last week’s deadly tornado that swept through the Orchard Island and Lakeview areas.



OSU-Lima Unveils Engineering Center at Ford Plant

LIMA — As manufacturers are looking to attract a new generation of workers, area centers of learning are working to instill the knowledge and foster the skills needed to fill those positions.



City, County and State Crews Haul Debris from Indian Lake

Today, crews from the Logan County Engineers Office, Hardin County, Auglaize County, and Shelby County are working on hauling tornado debris.

Loads are being taken from Lakeview to the Cherokee Run Landfill in Bellefontaine.

Several counties brought heavy equipment to aid in the efforts.



Election Day: Polls Close, Results Coming Soon; Officials Report Low Turnout

The polls have closed in Ohio for the March 19 primary election. County boards of elections and the Secretary of State’s office will begin releasing results within the hour. Go to for results all Tuesday night.



Intel Delays Launch of Ohio Fab Plant from 2025, Now Expected Somewhere in 2027-2028

Licking County, Ohio - It looks like there are some major issues with US semiconductor manufacturing plans, with Intel pushing out the launch date of its bleeding-edge plant in Ohio. It was meant to be producing chips in 2025, but now that has been delayed until somewhere between 2027-2028.



East Holmes Fire, County Team to Bring Upgraded Emergency Radio System into Play

Berlin, Ohio - The East Holmes Fire District and Holmes County Engineer have teamed to add another MARCS (Multi Agency Radio Communications System) tower in Holmes County.


Commissioners Approve Funds for Pavement and Bridge Projects in Ashland County

Ashland County commissioners accepted four bids from various companies totaling just under $4.5 million for the road maintenance projects, all on the recommendation of County Engineer Ed Meixner.


Are ODOT's Funny, Punny Highway Messages Going Away?

CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Drivers traveling through Ohio will continue to see funny and punny messages over highways.

“‘Drive Hammered. Get nailed,” and “Bet on your belt, not your bracket,” are just a few examples of past messages drivers have seen.

The messages were under threat of going away after the federal government wanted states to phase out the witty texts within two years.

As it turns out, that wasn’t entirely accurate.


Allen County Hopes to Spur Development through Transportation Improvement District

ALLEN COUNTY, OH (WLIO) - It's part of the toolbox for economic development in the region that could get an additional half a million dollars of funding for projects that qualify.


Governor DeWine Issues State of Emergency for Ohio Counties Impacted by Tornadoes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency for multiple counties that were impacted by tornadoes Thursday evening.


Two Projects in Coshocton County Receive Funding

COSHOCTON − Two critical infrastructure projects in Coshocton County are getting federal funding, via community project funding requests by Rep. Troy Balderson of Ohio's 12th District, according to a press release from his office.


Viewing the Total Eclipse? Experts Say it is All or Nothing.

AVON LAKE, Ohio (WJW) — On April 8 in Ohio, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Avon Lake is literally going to be hallowed ground during total solar eclipse.

The church grounds are in the very center of the path of totality.

“That’s what I have heard that the line literally goes through right here, so that’s pretty exciting,” said Pastor Laura Kuntz.


Long Recovery Ahead for some in Path of Deadly Tornadoes in Central US

LAKEVIEW, Ohio (AP) — Residents in a swath of the central U.S. hit by deadly tornadoes were cleaning up, assessing damage and helping neighbors on Saturday. But it will be a long recovery from the storms that ripped through parts of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Arkansas.


High School Students with an Interest in Engineering Discover what is available at OSU Lima

LIMA, OH (WLIO) - High school students learn what it takes to be a engineer and Buckeye.


Knox County Engineer’s Office Receives Employer Award

MOUNT VERNON — The Knox Board of Developmental Disabilities kicked off DD Awareness Month with its annual luncheon on Wednesday.


One Week After Clark County's Worst Tornado in Years, the Best in People Shines Through

One week ago today, Clark County’s strongest tornado in 50 years destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes.

Mother Nature’s worst, however, brought out the best in those who suffered the most damage and in the family, friends and strangers who have shown up day after day since to help clean up and console.


Snowy Days Often Lead to Salty Streams. Ohio's Trying to Fix That

Municipal road warriors in Ohio and across the country have increasingly turned to a big weapon in their fight against snow and ice to keep roads safe — salt.

It's an excellent de-icer. And cheap.

Dayton Public Works maintains 1,700 lane miles of road.


Ottawa County Collaborates on Economic Development-Focused Water and Sewer Study

Ottawa County is participating in a tri-county engineering study that addresses Northwest Ohio’s long-term public water supply and sanitary sewer needs. Results of the study have the potential to impact business development in the region, bringing economic benefits, including job creation.


Coshocton County Launches Commercial Vehicle Safety Program to Protect Roads & Bridges

Coshocton County's new safety initiative enforces commercial vehicle weight limits, safeguarding public infrastructure and promoting compliance. In an innovative move to safeguard public infrastructure, Coshocton County has embarked on a new safety program aimed at enforcing commercial motor vehicle weight regulations. At the heart of this initiative are the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office and the Coshocton County Engineer's Office, who have joined forces to ensure the longevity and safety of the county's roads and bridges.


County Prepares to Receive Bids for Programs

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — At a recent Fayette County Commissioners’ meeting, county engineer Steve Luebbe was authorized to advertise to receive bids on March 18 at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ office for the 2024 Fayette County Chip Seal Program.


Bids Opened for West Lincoln Hwy. Project

VAN WERT—Parts of Lincoln Highway will be getting some improvements this summer.

“We applied for federal aid, a program through the County Engineer’s Association of Ohio, about five or six years ago for West Lincoln Highway, which is basically the county section pretty much from John Brown Road at the corporation of Van Wert, out to Convoy Road. We were approved for funding back then and it’s now time to do the work,” said Kyle Wendel, Van Wert County Engineer.



Liberty's Road Superintendent Pushes for Drainage Improvements

LIBERTY — The township’s five-man road department keeps track of construction and has plans to improve on safety throughout the year. Road Superintendent Wayne Hickman presented trustees with the department’s annual report at a meeting last week. Hickman said he would like to establish a maintenance program and suggested how areas, such as drainage and signage, can often be overlooked.



County Budget OK'd

The Jefferson County commissioners signed off on their 2024 budget Thursday. 

Auditor E.J. Conn said the total budget for 2024, which reflects all sources, is $144,140,632.64, with the general fund portion totaling $20,562,393.14.



TRAC Signs Off on Funding for 18 Major Projects

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) has approved investing $127.3 million for 18 major transportation projects in 13 counties over the next four years.


Public Works Seek Public Input on Rockside Road Resurfacing Project

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH - The Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works, the City of Maple Heights, and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) invite the public to provide comments regarding the rehabilitation of Rockside Road, from East 140th Street to the west side of the bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad, east of Pennsylvania Avenue.


Ohio DOT Helps Provide $59M for Local Bridge Projects

Nearly $59.5 million will be awarded to support 17 bridge projects in 12 counties through the Local Major Bridge Program overseen by the Ohio Department of Transportation. That funding is partially the result of an expanded definition of a “local major bridge” initiated by Governor Mike DeWine (R) in 2022, which more than quadrupled the number of bridges that qualify for Ohio DOT’s program.


Tornado Confirmed in Clark County, Springfield near Dayton Ohio

At least one tornado touched down in Clark County east of Dayton as storms moved across parts of Ohio early Wednesday, according to the Clark County Emergency Management Agency and National Weather Service in Wilmington.


Experience Engineering Day at ONU shows Heir Force Students Possible Careers

ADA, OH (WLIO) - Some local students are taking a closer look at a career path they may not have thought of before and had some fun doing it. Our Katie Honigford takes us on a field trip to Ada.


Students Build Bridges to a Future in Engineering

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mineral Ridge High School students Aaliyah Wall, Madison Svirbly and Faith Schneider were among 70 students creating balsa wood bridges, hoping to improve on the design they made at school to get to the competition.


Make Plans to Road Trip to Preble County, Ohio for a Spectacular April Eclipse Experience

On April 8th of this year, there will be a total solar eclipse that will be seen not that far north of Chattanooga, and won't be seen again until 2099.

In fact, one of the best places to see the eclipse is just a road trip away: Preble County, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati up I-75.

Of the 13 U.S. states in the narrow path of totality, Ohio is right smack dab in the heart of it all. A total solar eclipse is a rare and spectacular event. 


West Market Street Bridge Slated for Rehabilitation

WARREN — The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office has identified the desperate condition of many of the 377 bridges in the county and said it is committed to providing the necessary resources to address the problems.


Belmont County Commissioners Approve $3.3 Million in Paving Projects

The Belmont County Board of Commissioners approved several paving projects to be done this summer.

Belmont County Engineer Terry Lively said Wednesday that one major project was made possible by a $2 million grant through the Federal Highway Administration. Commissioner Jerry Echemann said the cost of the total project is $3,294,473. The remaining $1,294,473 for the project will be funded through the county engineer’s office.


Washington County Engineer Raises Concerns about Gas Pipeline

MARIETTA — Washington County Commissioners discussed a landslip in Marietta they are concerned about during the commission meeting Thursday.


Bridging the Gap: Ohio's Bipartisan Effort to Resolve County Engineer Shortages

Explore the bipartisan effort in Ohio led by State Representatives Klopfenstein and Rogers to address the persistent challenge of filling county engineer vacancies and reshaping local governance.


Dozens of Shipments of Intel Equipment Stalled in Southern Ohio

As many as 40 shipments of industrial equipment intended for the Intel build in New Albany are being held up in southern Ohio along the Ohio River.


Historic Covered Bridge Reopens in Newton Falls

Newton Falls - Veterans posted colors from Newton Falls, the Pledge of Allegiance was said, and the national anthem was sung at this reopening ceremony of the Newton Falls historic covered bridge built in 1831.


Harrison County Engineer's Office Moves into New Space

Cadiz - Employees of the Harrison County Engineer’s Office are starting to get settled into their new location.

Harrison County commissioners took a tour of the new facility on Wednesday morning.

The new office is an addition to the current county garage. The 2,507-square-foot addition includes office space, a conference room, a file room and a break room. The restrooms were also renovated as part of the project.


New Engineering Facility to be Constructed

The Morrow County Development Authority is excited to announce the partnership between the Board of Morrow County Commissioners, the Morrow County engineer, and the Development Authority to bring to the county a new engineer facility.


Portage County engineer is mapping out a busy 2024 Along the Way

PORTAGE COUNTY, Ohio - Larry Jenkins, who succeeded Mickey Marozzi as Portage County engineer last year, has an ambitious 2024 schedule that includes replacing four bridges, improving multiple roads and helping townships bid out many resurfacing and reconstruction projects.


Gaysport Bridge in Muskingum County Officially Open

BLUE ROCK, Ohio – A newly-opened, remotely-located, bridge across the Muskingum River drew several dignitaries from across the state that were associated with its construction to celebrate its completion.

Muskingum County Engineer Mark Eicher spoke about the estimated, $7.25-Million Gaysport Bridge project and how it plays a vital role in distributing traffic across the southern portion of the county.


New Somerset's historic bridge restoration delayed due to environmental issues

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio- "We made some means and measures to limit truck traffic, but we couldn’t keep the garbage trucks off or delivery trucks off of it, so we were concerned a failure would happen and possibly a collapse,” Jefferson County Bridge Engineer Kara Bernhart said.



Bridge load limits discussed by Paulding County commissioners

PAULDING COUNTY, Ohio-  The load limits of two bridges in Paulding County were discussed during a recent county commissioners meeting.

Engineer Travis McGarvey presented a load reduction for two bridges in Latty Township.

McGarvey recommended the bridge over Middle Creek on County Road 12 east of Ohio 637 be reduced to 28 tons for two-axle emergency vehicles and 42 tons for three-axle emergency vehicles. On Latty Township Road, east of U.S. 127, he requested the bridge over Prairie Creek on Township Road 48 have various new load limits.



Wright Recognized in Columbus for Work in County

Washington County Engineer Roger Wright might have thought he reached the peak of his career when his photo appeared on a county commissioner’s office coffee mug. But things just got even better.

Wright has been named Engineer of the Year by a vote of his peers in the County Engineers Association of Ohio. He received the award Thursday in Columbus at the three-day joint Winter Conference of the 88-county engineers’ group and the County Commissioners Association of Ohio. Wright, who earned his Professional Engineer and Professional Surveyor degrees at Ohio University, has worked in the Washington County Engineer’s office since 1999 and has served as County Engineer for 11 years. 


Cade Wins Safety Award

Hancock County, Ohio - Hancock County Engineer Douglas Cade has been named the 2023 winner of Ohio’s David F. Brand Safety Award by the County Engineers Association of Ohio. Cade also has been nominated for the national David F. Brand Safety Award. The winner of the national award will be named in April 2024 by the National Association of County Engineers. The state and national safety awards recognize an individual who has had a positive influence on improving safety on the local, regional, state and national levels. The award is considered a lifetime achievement award, recognizing an individual's efforts to join forces with other organizations to improve safety and eliminate fatalities and serious injuries.


PE License Guide: What To Know About Professional Engineering Licensure

Roller coasters. Suspension bridges. Space shuttles. Artificial hearts. The modern world would not know such innovations without the knowledge and skills of engineers. And since we depend on these inventions being safe and reliable, the engineers who design them must first complete a rigorous course of study.

But that’s not all. Many of the most sought-after and respected engineers also earn a Professional Engineer (PE) license after graduating from an accredited college, acquiring years of professional experience and passing two sets of exams.


Supply issues holding up completion of local road project

UNITY TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – It appears that supply chain issues are holding up the completion of a road paving project in Columbiana County.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation say a nationwide shortage of pavement-marking paint has kept them from finishing work on a stretch of Route 14 that was repaved over the summer months.


Logan County Spotlight: Bickham Covered Bridge

LOGAN COUNTY, OH -  Today’s Logan County Spotlight is on the Bickham Covered Bridge. The Bickham Covered Bridge is located on County Road 38 between State Route 366 and County Road 98 near Indian Lake. The bridge is over the south fork of the Great Miami River. It is one of two covered bridges that remain in Logan County. The other one is called McColly Covered Bridge on County Road 13.


Bridge replacement on Road O

PUTNAM COUNTY — The Putnam County Engineer is providing notice to the public regarding the following project: Replacement of the bridge over Cranberry Run on County Road O, between Township Road 7-L and County Road 6 in Riley Township. The Putnam County Engineer, in partnership with ODOT, plans to replace this bridge to resolve the current weight restriction. The Putnam County Engineer received a grant through the County Engineers Association of Ohio Bridge Formula Program (Round 2), which provides for 100% of the project construction costs. 


Individuals in Engineering and Technology Recognized for STEM Achievements & Community Contributions

Today the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) announced the recipients of its annual awards program, a nod to those movers and shakers who are making significant contributions to the STEM community and the advancement of women in engineering. SWE award recipients include professionals and collegiates from influential businesses, corporations, and universities across the globe. Read more



Open Source: Danville-Amity repavement update

DANVILLE — Road repairs for Danville Amity Road are at a standstill as bids for the needed project weren’t returned. 

The road has been known for its potholes, with residents pondering when the road connecting Howard and Danville would be repaired. 

Bid openings for the Danville Amity project were May 23. But there were no bids returned, County Engineer Cameron Keaton said.


Open houses set to update progress on Spence bridge project

COVINGTON, Ky. (KT) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will jointly conduct two open house events later this month to update the public of progress being made on the $3.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project.

One meeting will be in Kentucky and one in Ohio to allow the public to browse exhibits, review project information, provide comments, and talk one-on-one with the project team. The public is encouraged to attend at any time during the three-hour event at their convenience.


Ground Broken for New Route 8 High Level Bridge

AKRON, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – ODOT broke ground on a huge bridge project in Akron last week.

The Route 8 High Level Bridge over the Cuyahoga River Valley will be replaced with two new bridges over the next five years.

ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks was among those attending.


CEAO Office Moved to 1103 Schrock Road

After 18 years at 6500 Busch Blvd, CEAO has officially moved to a new office location. 

Our new address:
1103 Schrock Road, Suite 202
Columbus, OH 43229

Our phone number is still the same: 614-221-0707


Commissioners accept $2.5M bid for sewer improvements; OK Fayette Solar RUMA

Commissioners voted 3-0 Wednesday to approve a Road Use Maintenance Agreement (RUMA) contract for Fayette Solar, in conjunction with the Highland County Engineer’s Office and Madison Township Trustees.


County, township partnership aiding Belmont County roads

A chip and seal program that helps both Belmont County and the townships fix roads has been growing. Now, the Belmont County Commission has partnered to add to the success of the program.

"The project this year is the largest we've ever let out; it’s almost $1.7 million,” County Engineer Terry Lively said.


County engineer to begin pursuing $5 vehicle registration permissive tax

MEDINA — Medina County Engineer Andy Conrad has asked the Medina County Commissioners to enact a $5 vehicle registration permissive tax for the county. The vehicle registration permissive tax is an optional tax that can be levied by the counties and/or taxing districts on vehicle registrations, according to the Ohio Revised Code.


Bridge projects to be big focus in Jefferson County this year

The Jefferson County Engineering Department presented its annual report for 2022 to county commissioners on Thursday. Among some of their biggest projects, 7.5 miles of county road were paved, 17 slips sites have been fixed, two bridge structures have been replaced and many repaired, and more than seven miles of shouldering work was done. Commissioners recognized the engineering department for its work and good use of county monies. County Engineer Jim Branagan said he’s happy to have shifted attention on slip projects, but the office is looking to improve even more in 2023.


County expecting minimal salt buy after mild winter

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County board of commissioners addressed infrastructure and plans for next winter at its most recent meeting.

Belmont County will once again participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s road salt contract for salt purchases in 2023. This winter season was relatively tame, and Belmont County Engineer Terry Lively said his office would purchase enough salt to recoup losses.


Allen County's engineer holds final 2023 County and Township Road Program meeting

ALLEN COUNTY, OH (WLIO) - Allen County's engineer hosted the final 2023 County and Township Road Program meeting on Wednesday.

A meeting that included all township trustees and the county's commissioners was held to discuss and finalize the 2023 Road Programs for township, village, and county road work throughout Allen County. At the meeting, county engineer Brion Rhodes reviewed the total cost for all of the road work which came out to be $2.99 million. This included the cost of 13.5 miles of paving and 78.6 miles of chip seal.


Need more roundabout practice? Lucas County Engineer’s Office to hold training in Sylvania

SYLVANIA, Ohio — Have you ever approached a roundabout with confusion, fear or just plain frustration? This is a common occurrence nowadays as roundabouts are popping up more and more around high-traffic areas in hopes of alleviating traffic jams and making traffic flow more efficient.

To help drivers maneuver roundabouts better, the Lucas County Engineer’s Office is hosting their first-ever mock roundabout drive-thru training session on Sunday.


Richland County commissioners OK $800K in ARPA for road resurfacing projects

MANSFIELD -- Richland County commissioners on Tuesday approved $800,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds for various road paving projects in 2023.

The unanimous decision came during a meeting with county Engineer Adam Gove, who said his department, like all county engineers in the state, lost gas tax revenues in 2020 and 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Mercer County Engineer issues press release about spring planting and open ditches

The Mercer County Commissioners and the Mercer County Engineer would like to remind those who plant and till the fields around the county this spring to remember to avoid planting in the roadway right-of-way. The Engineer and the Commissioner’s Office have maps that identify the varied widths of the road right-of-way throughout the county. More specifically, sight problems limiting the ability of the traveling public to see, can be particularly hazardous.


Ohio’s transportation bill benefits Butler County roads

The new $13.5 billion state transportation bill that’s been touted for addressing railway safety and a reconstruction of the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River also includes important provisions for local jurisdictions to do more roadwork in-house which is cheaper.

Gov. Mike DeWine recently signed House Bill 23 into law and it takes effect July 1. County engineers and others have been fighting for years to get the legislature to increase the monetary limits on infrastructure projects they can perform in-house.


Commissioners, engineer open bids on FEMA projects

The Pike County Commissions along with Pike County Engineer Denny Salisbury were on hand Monday to open the bids for projects that are at least partially funded by monies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)

The first project was the Carr’s Run repair project, which came with an apparent low bid around $15,000.


Engineer’s office to help Falls with covered bridge

NEWTON FALLS — The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office is assisting the village in getting repairs and improvements made to the closed historic covered bridge.

Steve Papalas with the engineer’s office told officials Wednesday after discussions about fixing the bridge and placing the project out for bids, a bid of $762,000 was received, which would be covered by insurance.


Davis reports a giant leap in progress for Scioto County

PORTSMOUTH – Progress in Scioto County is moving rapidly, according to Commissioner Bryan Davis, who pointed to improvements in infrastructure, economic development, and partnerships as fueling the movement.

Davis spoke at the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast on April 5.


Lake County Engineer’s Office, officials seek funding for road, bridge repairs

During a recent set of meetings, Lake County Commissioner John Hamercheck reported data detailing that the county has received a larger-than-anticipated amount of interest income, which is directly sent to the general fund.

“I know (Lake County) Engineer Jim Gills has expressed deep concerns over several roads and bridges that are closed or that are threatening to be closed due to respective states of disrepair, including inevitable failures,” Hamercheck told the board.


Road projects planned for western half of county

The Delaware County Engineer’s Office has issued its 2023 Paving and its 2023-24 Road Projects guides.

Fourteen major road projects will take place in 2023, and seven will start in 2024. Sixty-four township roads and 26 county roads will be improved by paving, as well.


Energy company donates $50,000 toward Monroe County road repairs

BEALLSVILLE –Gulfport Energy recently donated $50,000 to help repair Monroe County Road 38, Headley Ridge Road, in Beallsville.

The county has been working to repair the roadway since 2019 when a landslide damaged an approximately 200-foot section of the pavement. Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick said the county was denied Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for the area, along with numerous other locations, meaning the county incurred thousands of dollars in expenses to repair the damage themselves.


Van Wert County Commissioners hear an update on $1.4 million Jennings Ditch cleanup

VAN WERT — Van Wert County Commissioners, on Tuesday, heard an update on the West Jennings Creek ditch cleanup project, an estimated $1.4 million project in Van Wert and parts of Allen and Putnam counties.

The first public meeting was held in late January and commissioners in the three counties voted to proceed to the next step in the project.

“The surveying is complete,” said Kyle Wendel, Van Wert County Engineer. “We’ve got an initial draft set of plans prepared.”


County engineer’s report gives project details

TROY – The Miami County Engineer’s Annual Report for 2022-23 provides information on more than projects to pave county roads.

There’s also detail, among other information, on a number of bridge projects, culvert replacements, drainage and special projects such as the current work to install a new fuel island at the county Highway Garage located off County Road 25A between Troy and Piqua.


Ohio's $13.5 Billion Transportation Budget

On Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the state's transportation budget for the next two years. The bill will take affect on July 1, and explains how the Buckeye State will utilize the approximately $13.5 billion in state and federal revenue over the next two years.

House Bill 23 plans to implement a series of changes that will improve public safety and making Ohio a great place to do business.


Ohio's new distracted driving law takes effect tomorrow: Gov. Mike DeWine discusses impacts on drivers and cell phones


That's the message from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine as a new statewide law that targets distracted driving takes effect Tuesday across Ohio -- and it brings some big changes when it comes to using your cell phone while behind the wheel.


LeBrun secures $10 million for 9 bridges

Scioto County Engineer Darren LeBrun has secured new grant funding to replace a total of nine bridges in the county.

Out of exactly 500 bridges across Scioto County, in which an Ohio bridge is defined as a structure that crosses the span of at least ten feet, the engineer was able to pinpoint nine in dire need of replacement.


Big Walnut Interchange years away

At a recent Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon, an older gentleman asked county officials if the Big Walnut Interchange would be built in his lifetime.

One of the answers was, “How long do you plan on living?”

All joking aside, the Big Walnut Interchange was first considered in 1987 and has been the subject of studies and speculation ever since.


MC Commissioners OK bridge replacement

TROY – On Tuesday, March 28, the Miami County Commissioners authorized preliminary legislation for the replacement of the Peterson Road Bridge.

The preliminary legislation is with the Ohio Department of Transportation and allows for the commission to enter into contracts as necessary.


How Ohio's limits on local construction have closed bridges, delayed road repairs

Allen County is not making all the bridge repairs it could, leading to weight limit restrictions and closures that impact not only commutes and development but emergency response times.

And they're not alone.

In Butler County, emergency response times jumped by 10 minutes while officials went through a three-month bidding process to fix a closed bridge. The county estimated its employees could have completed the work in three months.


Allen County Engineer meeting with township trustees to go over which road projects will move forward

ALLEN COUNTY, OH (WLIO) - Spring means the kickoff to construction season and the Township Road Program in Allen County.

The Allen County Engineer is meeting with township trustees this week to discuss proposed road work. Trustees are narrowing down which projects can move forward with the amount of available funding. With the price of asphalt raising another 10 dollars a ton, completing the number of projects is a challenge. The cheaper alternative to paving is to chip and seal the roadways, and drivers will find a number of those projects this season.


Video footage help county engineers assess roadways

STEUBENVILLE — An independent crew will be capturing video footage of roadways throughout Jefferson County to help the county’s engineering department to identify areas of need.

On Thursday, the Jefferson County Commissioners learned a crew from the Pavement Management Group of Columbus will be collecting digital video footage of about 260 miles of roads as part of an ongoing inventory and assessment by the department.


Butler County road repair costs soar, but $30M in work planned

Nearly $30 million in planned Butler County road and infrastructure projects this year reflect how construction prices have soared and created a challenge for the county engineer’s office when it came to estimating costs.

All the bids came in around the amounts estimated by Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens with one exception: a fairgrounds project that was well below the estimate.


Road repairs and resurfacing, bridge replacement top county's road projects

The Guernsey County Highway Department has finalized its game plan for 202, according to Guernsey County Engineer Paul Sherry, who pointed out that grant funding will play a key role in all of the projects being planned.

"All of our work depends on the availability of grant funding," Sherry explained. "Over the last 20 years, our revenue has not kept the pace with inflation. We were fortunate to have an increase in the gas tax in 2019, which has negated in the recent years of cost increases. As time goes on, we will continue to lose purchasing power and possibly even our ability to have matching funds for grants."


Traffic safety study OK'd for Allen County

Mar. 16—LIMA — As the traffic increases, Allen County may see changes to local roadways. Allen County Commissioners approved the Allen County Engineer to enter into a contract with Mannik and Smith Group to conduct a safety study to analyze roadways countywide. Last year, the Allen County Engineer received grant monies of $71,500 from the County Engineer's Association of Ohio. According to the resolution approved at Thursday morning's meeting, the studies will be held on Breese Road between Beeler and McClain, Cole Street between Diller and Beery and Ft. Amanda between Buckeye and Adgate.


What roads will Ross County be paving this year?

CHILLICOTHE— Recently the Ross County Engineer Charlie Ortman sat down to discuss the upcoming road construction projects for Ross County. This includes repaving roads, installation of culverts, routine maintenance and more.

For Ortman's office funding comes from a variety of sources including federal and state grants as well as a local fund match or contribution.


Intersection completed in Orange Township

LEWIS CENTER — The Delaware County Engineer’s Office recently announced construction has been completed on the Africa Road and Worthington Road intersection in Orange Township.

“Final area restoration will be completed this spring,” the Facebook page for the office said on March 8. The post also appeared on the Facebook pages for Orange and Genoa townships.


ODOT District 8 kicks off construction season, focuses on big U.S. 35 project

The Ohio Department of Transportation kicked off construction season on Monday. In total, ODOT is expecting to invest $2.5 billion into more than 1,000 projects, including 198 in Southwest Ohio.

One project for ODOT District 8 and the Greene County Engineer this year includes the interchange of U.S. 35 and Valley/Trebein Road.


Huron County students experience engineering careers

The Huron County Business Advisory Council hosted an “Engineering Day” for high school students who tested for an architecture, construction or engineering aptitude. These students visited area businesses, including the Huron County Engineer’s Office, BORGERS, Fabriweld, Mark Schaffer Excavating & Trucking and a presentation about the Engineering Tech program at EHOVE.


Tuscarawas County Engineer’s Office seeking seasonal workers

NEW PHILADELPHIA − The Tuscarawas County Engineer’s Office is looking for students to work as seasonal workers for the Road and Bridge Department.

Students must be a current high school senior or a current college student who will be enrolled in higher education in the fall of 2023. 


County to replace 15 bridges this year

ZANESVILLE − The Muskingum County Engineer's Office is taking full advantage of federal bridge replacement funds to tackle several bridge projects this year. Since Muskingum County Engineer Mark Eicher took office five years ago, the county has replaced 50 bridges. The office plans to bid out six bridge projects this year, and tackle 10 to 12 on their own. Eicher's office is responsible for 402 of the approximately 640 bridges in the county.

"In all, we will replace about 15 bridges this year," Eicher said. "A very busy year."


Engineer says money and weather boost several projects

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti gave an update on road work and projects in the county.

He said despite the rising cost of materials and labor shortages, he expects to see about 250 miles of road paved or rebuilt over the next five years.


Walker Mill Road Bridge in Boardman to be replaced next spring

The Mahoning County Engineer is proposing to replace the Walker Mill Road Bridge over Yellow Creek in Boardman. 

The project is currently scheduled to begin construction in the Spring of 2025. 

During construction, Walker Mill Road at the project site will be closed to traffic for a period not to exceed 180 consecutive calendar days. The official detour route for the closure will utilize South Avenue, Western Reserve Road, and North Lima Rd. 


As roadwork costs skyrocket, Butler County plans for nearly 50 resurfacing projects

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens has 49 projects totaling $38.3 million identified for this year and 40.5% of the capital improvement plan is for resurfacing county and township roads.

Every year, Wilkens gives the county commissioners a preview of his plan to fix and improve county and township roads. This year, the largest cash outlay is the $16 million resurfacing program to tackle nearly 73 miles of rutted roads. In recent years, the paving budget has been in the neighborhood of $6 million, but it cost $9 million last year to pave 43 miles.


$4.7M Monroe road improvement project advances

WOODSFIELD — A long-anticipated improvement project on Monroe County Road 12 will get underway later this spring.

Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick said the approximately $4.7 million project is finally moving ahead. She said a number of improvements will be made, including cement stabilization and paving of around 10.5 miles of roadway between Graysville and Ohio 800.


Lollo, former Licking County engineer, remembered as calm voice of reason

NEWARK − Tim Lollo is being remembered for his calm demeanor and common sense approach to his job as Licking County engineer from 1991 to 2011.

Lollo, 64, of Newark, died Feb. 25 at the James Cancer Hospital following a brief battle with cancer. He was born March 28, 1958, in Springfield.


County to use federal money for two bridge projects

LANCASTER − The Fairfield County Engineer's office will repair one bridge and replace another with money from the $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill President Biden signed into law in 2021.

County engineer Jeremiah Upp said he's disappointed with only receiving enough federal money for two projects or about $493,000. He said he doesn't think anymore money from the infrastructure bill will be coming.


Jeffers Road bridge closed due to structural issues

Jeffers Road bridge, Lodi Township Road 83-1.40, recently was closed after Athens County Engineer Jeff Maiden made a field inspection and determined the bridge was unsafe.

The bridge is located 0.13 miles north from the intersection of Athens County Road 33A and Old U.S. 33.

Maiden conducted the field inspection on the bridge Monday.


Commissioners pave the way to a smoother future

GREENVILLE — The commissioners met Thursday to discuss sealed bids for the resurfacing and pavement markings for various county and township roads. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Marshall Combs, and Larry Holmes were present.

Jim Surber, county engineer, was present as bids were opened and read during the regular session meeting. In a matter of resurfacing, the engineer’s estimate was $2,093,867.50.


Funding remains biggest obstacle for road and bridge repairs

COSHOCTON − Coshocton County Engineer Fred Wachtel said the biggest obstacle for his department has always been having enough funding for needed work, and probably always will be.

Wachtel recently delivered his annual report for 2022 to Coshocton County commissioners. This included work done last year, projected projects for the coming year and other highlights from his office. Wachtel said work last year was pretty standard with road paving and bridge repairs being the bulk of projects. The same is expected for 2023.


Knox County engineer's office gears up for 2023 road projects

MOUNT VERNON — It won't be long before motorists on a portion of Danville Amity Road get to stop complaining about potholes. Instead, they'll face possible traffic delays due to a roadway safety project.

Knox County Engineer Cameron Keaton said Phase 1 of the $2.8 million road improvement project will go out to bid in the next couple of months. Phase 1 covers from Skyline Drive east to Richards Street in the village.


Bridge project planned over Potter Creek in Randolph. How you can share your thoughts

The Portage County Engineer’s Office, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation, isproposing a bridge replacement project on Randolph Road over Potter Creek in Randolph. The bridge is located about one third of a mile west of the intersection with Trares Road.


Delaware County engineer receives award

During the Delaware County Board of Commissioners meeting on Feb. 13, Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman received the Clyde “Butch” Seidle Public Works Servant Leader Award from the Ohio chapter of the American Public Works Association (OAPWA).

“This prestigious award was presented by Del-Co Water CEO Glenn Marzluf and past chapter president Larry Lester from the City of Hilliard,” said a Facebook post by the county. “The award, named in honor of longtime public engineer Butch Seidle recognizes individuals who exhibit the highest standard of excellence, dedication and accomplishment over a sustained period and who are creative and highly skilled career servant leaders. And that perfectly describes Chris Bauserman.”


Engineer: Be aware of road workers

A new set of studies from The American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety on AAA’s website asking “tow workers, emergency responders, and road maintenance workers” about their experiences found multiple troubling statistics.

The study said that of the people asked, 60 percent of them had experienced a “near-miss” as roadside workers and 15 percent had survived being hit by a passing vehicle.


11 Investigates: Who pays for up to $10 million in damages to Wood County roads?

WOOD COUNTY, Ohio — Donnie Zeigler has lived in Wood County for 46 years.

He knows the roads like the back of his hand. But now, the roads are getting out of hand.

"I really hope we can get help soon, we just can't keep up," Zeigler, a board trustee for Portage Township, said.


Engineer attends national conference

As part of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE), Clinton County Engineer Jeff Linkous recently attended the National Legislative Conference in Washington DC, where NACE members met with representatives of the White House, US Department of Transportation, and the Transportation and Infrastructure committee of the House of Representatives.


Genoa Township stop signs ruled illegal, to be removed

Lindsay Guard is concerned about the steady roll of cars, trucks, bikes and kids along Spring Run Drive, a popular north-south alternate to Sunbury Road in Genoa Township where three-way stop signs help to slow traffic.

Others living in this and other nearby middle-class neighborhoods — some for decades — also have been concerned enough about speeders to ask township officials to enforce the signs.


Ottawa County engineer says: 2023 to be big infrastructure season

Ottawa County engineer Ron Lajti said he expects 2023 to be one of the largest infrastructure construction seasons in the county’s history with budgeted projects totaling about $9.3 million scheduled for bidding.

A low bid of $790,734 from R&I Construction, Tiffin, was recently approved by the county commissioners for the replacement of Elliston Trowbridge Road over Toussaint Creek Bridge.


Commissioners, engineer open bids, talk budget

The Pike County Commissioners met in regular session Monday morning and accepted bids on two different projects.

County Engineer Denny Salisbury was present to open and read the bids. Also present were representatives from many of the companies that submitted a bid.


Highland County's Strait Creek Road Closes March 6 for Bridge Replacement

Work is set to begin on March 1 for a bridge replacement on Straight Creek Road (T.R. 239) in southeastern Highland County. The project is located approximately 0.5 miles west of S.R. 41, and will replace the existing structure over Baker Fork Creek. The roadway will be closed for the duration of the project starting March 6.


Engineer Looking for Comments on Proposed Dressler Project

JACKSON TWP., Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – The Stark County Engineer’s Office wants to know what you think.

They’re planning a series of upgrades to Dressler Road NW and its intersections at Everhard Road, Belden Village Street and Belden Park Crossing.


Gov. DeWine increases aid for local bridges

COLUMBUS - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that he is increasing Ohio’s yearly funding allocation for local bridge projects by $47.5 million for the next five years, bringing Ohio’s annual investment in county and municipal bridges to $112.5 million per year.


Director Marchbanks Testimony on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Director Marchbanks Testimony


Ohio County Engineers Attend White House Event

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, July 16, 2020, over 200 state, local, and tribal officials from around the country joined President Donald J. Trump on the White House South Lawn as he reviewed the administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce burdensome federal regulations. The President highlighted the regulatory actions taken to expedite infrastructure projects at an event entitled Rollback of Regulations Helping All Americans. Engineers attending from Ohio included Champaign County Engineer Stephen McCall, Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman, and CEAO Executive Director Dean Ringle who were invited as part of a delegation with seven other local transportation officials from the National Association of County Engineers (NACE). Vice President Mike Pence, Idaho Governor Bradley Little, and Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy also addressed the group. 


Gas tax for Ohio begins

The last increase in the state gas tax was 2005. “I want to say it’s much appreciated because our costs have gone up since the last increase,” said county Engineer Bert Dawson. “It’s more of a catch up.”