State Representative Ron Hood (R-Ashville) today applauded the recent announcement that because of the Ohio’s successful efforts to reduce overhead costs and improve efficiency, $120 million in funding is now available to repair and replace more than 200 county and city-owned bridges over the next three years.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has chosen bridges based on various factors including safety and the importance to local job creation efforts. Ohio’s Bridge Partnership has specified funding for two bridges in Pickaway County with upcoming repairs at Winchester Road over Walnut Creek as well as Airbase Road over a branch of Walnut Creek.

In Muskingum County, several bridge projects are slated to take place including Coopermill Road over Thompson Run, Foxfire Drive over Thompson Drive, Wilson Road over Brush Creek Tributary and Muskingum Avenue over Chaps Run, which is a city bridge.

“It is important for these communities that they receive assistance to repair or replace aging bridges for the sake of public safety and to keep commerce moving,” Rep. Hood said. “I applaud the leadership of Governor Kasich and the Ohio Department of Transportation in bringing forward this plan to do just that.”

Ohio is home to 44,000 bridges, which is the second-highest number in the nation behind Texas. The condition of Ohio’s bridges are reportedly better than the national average, however many bridges are in need of serious repair.

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