Muskingum County Engineer Feeling Financial Pinch

by Audry Kensicki on August 3, 2009

It seems every department is feeling a pinch in their pockets this year, and that includes the Muskingum County Engineer’s Office.

Muskingum County Engineer Doug Davis met today with the county commissioners to update them on the office’s projects and to ask for a little bit of help.

“We met with the commissioners today to try to do some brainstorming to see with their ideas and our ideas, what we can do to maintain the quality and level of the roads that every one expects, with the income levels that we have and the income levels have been dropping,” said Davis.

Davis says prices have gone up severely to maintain roads in the county, while their revenue stays the same.

He says chip and seal prices have risen 158-percent since 2005, while asphalt paving prices rose 73-percent. Davis asked the commissioners for $300,000 for one main project.

“This year we have one road that’s in really bad shape that we would like to get to, Narrows Road. It needs some work,” he said. “There is quite a bit of traffic on that road. We would like to work on that roadway. We have some other areas where we have various sections we want to fix around the county.”

Davis says the projects are going well so far this year.

He says they are currently ditching the sides of roads and mowing.

He says the office also completed two bridge projects in the southern part of the county.