Last updated: July 17. 2014 5:17PM - 1047 Views
By Charlene Hoeflich

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MEIGS COUNTY – The Ohio Department of Transportation and Meigs County Engineer’s Office announce construction of southeast Ohio’s first design-build bridge replacement project as part of Ohio’s Bridge Partnership Program.

“Thanks to operational savings within ODOT and the leadership of Gov. John Kasich, we are able to make southeast Ohio roads safer and more accessible,” said District 10 Deputy Director Steve Williams.

The program will invest approximately $120 million in repairing 200 statewide local bridges over the next three years. A total of up to 15 local bridges will be repaired throughout southeast Ohio, with Meigs County receiving funding for three bridge projects.

“This program couldn’t have happened at a better time for Meigs County,” said Meigs County Engineer Eugene Triplett. “Not only will the bridge be open before the new school year, but the project does not cost the county a dime.”

Earlier this year, ODOT began working with the Ohio County Engineers Association on a plan to help counties improve the condition of their bridges and make Ohio’s bridges safer. Under the leadership of Kasich, ODOT developed the first-of-its-kind program that is providing resources to assist counties and cities with the maintenance of bridges including bridge embankments, drainage repairs and other related issues.

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