The Ottawa County engineer continues to repair or replace aging bridges throughout the area. Two smaller county bridges are on the summer 2013 schedule.
Contractor bids were to be opened March 14, for replacement work on bridges on Fulkert Road and Genzman Road. Fulkert Road is located southeast of Genoa in Clay Township. The Genzman Road bridge project is located west of Toussaint South Road in Carroll Township.
The project calls for crews to take down the steel bridges and replace them with large box culvert bridges.
The project is similar to the bridge replacement on Four-Mile House Road at Elmore Eastern Road in Salem Township several years ago, county engineer David Brunkhorst said.
The bridge projects are under the office’s regular maintenance program aimed at replacing two or three bridges a year.
“Some of these bridges are 60 or 70 years old,” Brunkhorst said.
The estimated cost of this two-bridge project is about $282,500. All the work is projected to be done by Aug. 16.
“If we are lucky, most of the work should be done within a month’s time,” the engineer said. “That is, if the weather cooperates.”
Prep works includes checking all the drainage services surrounding the bridge areas. Engineers hope to keep the construction from interrupting any drainage services.
There are no matching funds for these bridge projects. “This is part of the normal program,” Brunkhorst said.
Funding for the county engineer’s bridge replacements and repairs come through motor vehicle gasoline taxes and registration fees.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio collects about 28 cents in taxes per gallon of regular or diesel gas.