By Wayne Allen
The Scioto County Commissioners awarded several contracts Tuesday for work to be done on various roadways and bridges throughout the county. During the same meeting, the commissioners also took action that will lead to the replacement of two county bridges.
It was recently announced by Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman that his office has received over one million dollars to pave a number of roads and replace two bridges in county. A portion of the funding for each project is coming from the Ohio Public Works Commission, through State Issue One which allows the state to issue bonds for infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges. The projects include the replacement of a bridge on Lick Run-Lyra Road and a bridge replacement on Riddlebarger Road.
The contract for the Lick Run-Lyra Bridge was awarded to Allard Construction.
“We are going replace that structure this year, with a completion date of November. It’s (replacement bridge) a four-sided structure, 238 feet long. We are setting it up for future widening of that road,” Opperman said. “When we replace this structure we’re going to do it the right way, so we don’t have to come up with the funds later, for the bigger road widening project.”
He said the road widening project might be ten or 15 years down the road. The contract to replace the bridge is valued at $357,500.
Opperman said it may be another month before the contractor can get started due to fabricating the structure.
The 2014 Highway Improvement Project calls for the resurfacing of several roads.
“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 Shelly Company was awarded a contract for the work.
The Riddlebarger Road bridge replacement contract was awarded to Riser Construction of Friendship, Ohio for $178,705.
Opperman said the contractor hopes to get started around the first of September with an anticipated completion date of November.
For more information about Opperman and the many services and activities of the engineers office visit, www.sciotocountyohio.com/engineer.html.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.