By Wayne Allen
Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman recently announced that his office has received over a million dollars to pave a number of roads and replace two bridges in county. Opperman explained a portion of the funding for each project is coming from the Ohio Public Works Commission, through State Issue One.
State Issue One allows the state to issue bonds for infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges.
“This includes our highway improvements and our bridge replacement project,” Opperman said.
He said as part of this project, the bridge on Riddlebarger Road will be replaced and the bridge on Lick Run Lyra Road is scheduled to be replaced.
“The highway improvement project has our resurfacing in it. The roads schedule to be paved include, Rosemount Road, Big Bear Creek, Slab Run, Dry Run and Henley Deemer Road,” Opperman said.
Opperman said the highway improvements portion of the project was valued at $1.2 million with 65 percent of the funding coming from the state and 35 percent of the funding coming from Opperman’s budget.
The bridge replace portion is valued at up to $200,000, with 80 percent of project funding coming from the state and 20 percent of the funding coming from Opperman’s budget.
Opperman said the bridge replacement funding is for one of the bridges with the other bridge being wrapped into the highway improvement funding because it’s part of a road widening project.
Opperman said each of the projects have or are currently out to bid.
“The Riddlebarger Road bridge replacement contract has not been awarded yet because we had to wait for this documentation to go through. The apparent low bidder right now is Kuhn Construction,” Opperman said. “The Lick Run Lyra bridge will be out to bid this week. Shelly Company was the apparent low bidder on the highway improvement project.”
For more information about Opperman and the many services and activities of the engineers office visit, www.sciotocountyohio.com/engineer.html.
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