The summer construction season is in full swing for the Muskingum County Engineer’s Office. As they wrap up projects others are just beginning.
Since March the Moxadarla Bridge has been closed to traffic as crews work to repair floor beams on the bridge and pour a concrete decking. The steel removed from the structure will be reused for other projects.
"We try to definitely recycle our older bridge if we can," said County Engineer Doug Davis. "We save all the steel out of them. If the rust is too bad we’ll scrap that part of the bridge but we save all the steel off our bridges and all of our structural steel and reuse it here in the shop."
The bridge which cost $500,000 to repair should open within 10 days and will give the structure a 50-60 years life span. The Philo/Duncan Falls Bridge is now down to one lane as they rehab decking on one side of the bridge. It’s crucial in keeping the structure functioning.
"If that bridge had to be shut down completely you’d have to go clear to Gaysport or clear to Zanesville to go around and that would take you 20 minutes to a half hour to go around that structure," explained Davis.
The Northpointe project continues as well. Davis said it should be put out to bid soon. It will be bid in two separate projects, one to fix the main slip and another to fix the other slips along the roadway. The Piper Road bridge damaged in an accident will also be replaced this summer.