After three years of effort, two bridges in northern Muskingum County will be demolished.
The county engineer along with American Electric Power have been working together to have two bridges in the Wills Creek area torn out. The old, timber-made bridges are in bad shape and during flooding season, they become impassable.
"So what we’re going to do is legally close and tear the old bridges out, close the existing roadways and refurbish the routes that people travel during high water conditions, those roads are now dedicated as public roads," said County Engineer Doug Davis.
Davis met with county commissioners to make the decision official. Commissioners agreed that demolishing the bridges was a better option than rebuilding. Money will be spent into making the roadway safer and provide one route that is available year-round.
"The money that we’re going to put back into these roadways is better well spent to put back in and refurbish the roadway than it is to rebuild those two bridges that are going to go underwater and be flooded anyway when the water’s high," said Davis.
The demolition will not take place until this spring. The county engineer will oversee the project.