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Lawmakers want local bridges targeted for federal money

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Some much-needed help could be coming for local governments needing to make bridge repairs by way of the nation’s infrastructure spending package passed last year.

Right now, the Market Street Bridge in Youngstown is on a shortlist of spans put together by Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti for repairs or replacement. He’s hoping the county will receive a share of the $500 million coming to Ohio for bridge work.


CCTID gets update on Route 30 project

LISBON — Although it is not in Columbiana County, County Engineer Bert Dawson gave the Columbiana County Transportation Improvement District board (CCTID) an update on the long-awaited U.S. Route 30 project. Dawson said the relocation of the road appears to be moving forward from Trump Avenue to state Route 44, which will bypass East Canton.


Infrastructure bill could bring needed funds for Brent Spence, other Ohio bridges

The recently passed infrastructure bill is set to fund millions of dollars in bridge projects throughout the state, which could include some of the state’s biggest thoroughfares.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said the $100 million in bridge formula funding coming to Ohio through the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will bring direct funding as well as competitive grants, allowing everyone from the Ohio Department of Transportation to local county engineers to address maintenance priorities they couldn’t fund in the past.


Clinton County’s Adam Fricke wins CEAO statewide award

Clinton County is honored to have the County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) County Engineer Employee of the Year Award presented to Adam Fricke, who is chief deputy engineer at the Clinton County Engineer’s Office.


Funding secured for Defiance US 24 safety improvements

DEFIANCE — A project to improve safety at three U.S. 24 intersections, just east of the city, was awarded funds from the Highway Safety Improvement Program.


WC commission signs resolutions

Two resolutions were signed by the Washington County Board of Commissioners during their Thursday morning meeting.

The first resolution was for permissive sales tax allocation. The state’s sales tax is 5.75 percent, but the county’s sales tax is an additional 1.5 percent, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation.


Ashland County still waiting for bids on a new machine needed to produce asphalt

ASHLAND — No one wants to sell Ashland County a stack conveyor — or there’s something else going on.Ashland County Engineer Ed Meixner expects the latter.

Thursday marked the second bid opening where there were no bids to read. The county originally advertised its need for an estimated $200,000 portable, radial stack conveyor machine — used to stack stones and sand used to produce asphalt — in November.


The Rise of Roundabouts in Northwest Ohio

There has been a round of changes at intersections throughout Northwest Ohio over the past few years as a number of intersections have been fitted with roundabouts. The circular intersections have seen a steady rise in construction in recent years, with more to come.


Defiance commissioners updated on U.S. 24 plans

Although it may be several years down the road, planning for significant changes to U.S. 24 in Defiance County is well underway.

Defiance County Engineer Warren Schlatter shared the latest on plans to build a new overpass on U.S. 24 at Independence Road during county commissioners’ meeting Monday.


Ready for Occupancy: Crews moving into $1.4M county engineer's building

CELINA - Equipment and materials are being moved into a new $1.44 million, 80-by-160-foot building at the Mercer County Engineer's office.
Work recently wrapped up on the pre-engineered metal building where the county's bridge crew will base their bridge and culvert operations and store bridge beams, equipment and other materials.


Snowplow drivers in short supply but Stark County seems ready for snow

Ohio, like other states, is facing a shortage of snowplow and salt truck drivers heading into the toughest months of the winter season — putting into doubt the speed at which streets will be cleared, though officials express confidence that the job will still get done. 


Sidewalk projects on slate for ’22

The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office is working with Vienna and Warren townships on proposed sidewalk installation projects that will help connect areas near school complexes.


Despite pandemic related revenue loss, county still sees multiple infrastructure improvements

Work on Guernsey County's infrastructure saw a return to almost normal in 2021, after a slowdown in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

"2021, provided a taste of normal operations, but still not quite back to normal, but all we can do is to continue forward as best we can," County Engineer Paul Sherry said.


Butler Co. Engineer wins award for making roads safer — even when decisions weren’t popular

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens says after 20 plus years in office, he still loves his job. And whether popular or not, his decisions are based on keeping drivers safe on county roads.


Repaving of Blaine-Barton Road to begin next summer

Belmont County Commissioners approved a bid Wednesday for paving Barton-Blaine Road in St. Clairsville.

Also known as County Road 10, Barton-Blaine Road stretches almost four miles in Belmont County.


Keith G. Earley Obituary (1945 - 2021)

Keith G. Earley, who as Lucas County engineer oversaw changes to the infrastructure landscape including a dozen roundabouts, a major underpass, and the start of a new freeway interchange, died Thursday in OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, Columbus. He was 75.


Commissioners ask ODOT to lower speed limit on three county roads

NEW PHILADELPHIA — Commissioners have asked the Ohio Department of Transportation to consider lowering the speed limit on three highways in Tuscarawas County.

The board approved resolutions on Wednesday asking ODOT to review engineering and traffic investigations conducted on the three roads and determine a reasonable and safe speed limit for them.


Payments made for slip repair in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County is repairing road slips and paying down loans for the work.

On Wednesday, commissioners approved a payment of up to $2 million in roadway improvement bonds for a loan to repair slips dating from 2018. According to the county engineer’s office, Belmont County sustained close to $12 million worth of road damage. The county must complete the work before being reimbursed with federal funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Bridge closed due to ‘dangerous conditions’

A county bridge had to be closed Wednesday afternoon after it deteriorated beyond any possible temporary repair.

The structure was slated to be replaced this fall, but delays out of the control of the Engineer’s Office pushed back the project till at least Spring.


Fixes for blocked railroad crossing in Butler County carry hefty price tag

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens says trying to free a St. Clair Twp. neighborhood from blocked railroad crossings is not going to be easy, and some of the options have sky-high price tags.

Wilkens this week presented the county commissioners with cost estimates, pros and cons and possible outside funding options for four solutions that could free Cedar Grove residents held hostage by stopped trains. They range from $60 million to $2 million.


Friend of the Townships award goes to Bryan Dhume

The Madison County Township Association held its annual Christmas party at the Madison County Senior Citizens Center in London on Dec. 13. Madison County Common Pleas Judge Eamon Costello issued the oath of office to 22 newly elected and re-elected township trustees and fiscal officers.

Bryan Dhume, Madison County engineer, was named the recipient of the annual Friend of the Townships award.


New signs in the works for the Covered Bridge Trail

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Plans are in the works to update signs marking the Ashtabula County’s Covered Bridge Trail.

Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Stephanie Siegel said there are a number of different sign designs used on the trail.


St. Clair Twp. road to be realigned soon

LISBON — A long-awaited road realignment project for Calcutta-Smithferry Road is ready to begin on shortly after the new year.  County Commissioners on Wednesday award the bid of Rudzik Excavating Inc. for the $5.74 million project.

Chief Design Engineer Mary Browne with County Engineer Bert Dawson’s office said the contracts are being completed now, which will be followed by a pre-construction meeting and then the project beginning in early 2022, most likely January or February.


Santa's helpers: County employees donate toys

CIRCLEVILLE — Pickaway County government office employees have once again come together to make a large donation to Pickaway County Community Action’s toys for tots program.

Employees from county government offices filled their large trash can-sized boxes with toys this holiday season, which were donated to PICCA this week. The boxes filled the back of an engineer’s office dump truck.


Wayne County Engineer's Office staff turns to bike building

Wayne County Engineer’s Office employees turned into Santa’s helpers when they dedicated an afternoon to assemble 21 bikes to be given away to children during Shop with a Hero.


Engineer wants to repair roads to county's biggest tourism draw

ZANESVILLE — Visitors to The Wilds will have a smoother drive to the park once a county engineering plan is complete.

The Muskingum County Engineer's Office is looking to repair International and Zion Ridge roads, which both lead to The Wilds in Cumberland. Zion Ridge Road connects Ohio 146 to the area surrounding the park. International Road intersects its entryway.


County wants to ‘beet’ snow, ice

STEUBENVILLE — A new tool in the fight against snow and road ice may prove helpful this winter season — beet juice.

County Engineer Jim Branagan said it’s the latest attempt at trying something new that may make a difference, and it’s organic.

“One thing we tried last year was using a salt brine spread on the road by itself,” Branagan said. “The whole idea of the salt brine is it wets it (the salt) and keeps it from bouncing off the road.”


It’s back: Third Street bridge reopens at long last

Dayton’s Third Street bridge reopened Thursday morning after a nearly two-year closure, which means no more detours for the thousands of people who have crossed it each day for years.

The new $17 million bridge was the largest and most expensive bridge project the Montgomery County Engineer’s office has ever completed, said county Engineer Paul Gruner.


Refugee Road bridge path part of Franklin County engineer's efforts to address disparities

It was a bridge sidewalk to nowhere, a pitiful pathway over Big Walnut Creek, connecting a rabbit trail on one side to a gap before an actual paved walkway on the other side.

Anyone trying to walk to Nafzger Park to the east or to a bus stop to the west or anywhere else in the vicinity of Refugee Road and the Eastland area on the Southeast Side did so at their own peril.


Butler County roads: Bigger improvements coming in 2022

Despite a few pandemic-related hiccups, most major road projects in Butler County have gone off without a hitch, and even bigger improvements are slated for next year.

The Butler County engineer and officials in Fairfield, Hamilton and Middletown are reporting the big projects in their jurisdictions have been or will be completed on time and at budget. There have been concerns about the global labor and materials shortage but it has only surfaced on a few projects this year.


Two county roads reopening for winter

BEAVER— Two roads in Beaver are set to be reopened by the Ohio Department of Transportation next month following years of repair.

Both Germany Road and Beaver Pike are expected be open to traffic in early and mid-December respectively before construction resumes in spring 2022.


Engineer plans bridge, road projects in 2022

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners this week signed off on two infrastructure projects planned by the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office.


Fairfield County Engineer: Too early to tell what infrastructure bill means for county

LANCASTER — A new infrastructure bill could mean new avenues for funding projects throughout Fairfield County.

With nearly 400 bridges to maintain, Fairfield County Engineer Jeremiah Upp is curious to see how funds from the new infrastructure bill will be distributed, and how engineers throughout Ohio will be told where they can spend them.


Rescue funds to speed up Mahoning County road work

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County commissioners have moved $4,535,552 of American Rescue Plan funds to the county’s general fund to enable work to start on roads, bridges and other projects approved by voters Nov. 2.

County Administrator Audrey Tillis said this week that the ARP allows counties to use a formula to determine how much revenue they would have expected to receive in 2020 if there had not been a COVID-19 pandemic, and to place that money in their general fund.


Engineering study underway for new I-71 interchange near Route 36 in Delaware County

An I-71 interchange planned for 10 years in Delaware County is a step closer to completion.

The Delaware County Engineer's Office has started a 15-month engineering study for a new interchange that chief deputy county engineer Robert Riley said would be about a third of a mile south of the U.S. Route 36 ramps.


Ross County Engineer: Too early to tell what infrastructure bill means for county

CHILLICOTHE — A new infrastructure bill could mean new avenues for funding projects throughout Ross County.

Ross County Engineer Charles Ortman said he's not sure how the money will be distributed, but he said he thinks any funding from the federal bill will be a boost for the county.


Job Opening: Belmont County Seeking Project Engineer

The Belmont County Engineer is Accepting Applications for a Full Time Position of Project Engineer:  Read More


Mahoning County engineer receives honor he intends to pay forward

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An honor for Mahoning County’s engineer that he now hopes to “pay forward” and help other families deal with medical tragedies.

Pat Ginnetti told Mahoning County Commissioners Thursday that he was recently nominated as “Man of the Year” as part of a virtual fundraising campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


4 miles of paved roadway in Allen County this spring will be from recycled passenger car tires

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is in the road business and Allen County is going to benefit from that.  The Allen County Engineers Office received a grant from the Ohio EPA to use recycled tires in asphalt for a 4-mile paving job in northern Allen County.


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.”


Ohio legislature OKs 10.5-cent gas-tax hike, ends front-plate requirement

Ohio drivers will pay an additional 10.5 cents per gallon in gas tax and, starting next summer, will no longer need a front license plate under a two-year transportation budget that got final legislative approval on Tuesday, April 2.


ODOT and local officials announce Ohio Bridge Partnership

State Senator Larry Obhof (R–Medina) joined State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R–Ontario) and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor on Monday to announce bridge improvement projects in Richland County that will be undertaken as part of a new initiative between the Ohio Department of Transportation and local governments.


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