Muskingum County Engineer Talks Bridge Levy

by Courtney Wheaton on January 16, 2014 at 6:52 am

The Muskingum County Engineer met with the Muskingum County Commissioners to discuss putting a bridge levy on the May ballot.

County Engineer, Doug Davis says that the price of maintaining county bridges has sky rocketed in the last decade and they are need of assistance to keep the structures safe.

"We know we have failing infrastructure in our community, over half of the bridges. We have over 420 bridges, we are number one or number two in the state of Ohio for numbers of bridges and half of our bridges are over 50 years old," said Davis.

Davis and his team informed the county commissioners about two ideas they created to produce enough revenue to begin fixing county bridges.

"We were looking at what can we do possibly. We can put a levy on the ballot for property taxes that’s not really what I want to do. We had that discussion today or to add ten dollars to the license plate fee, " said Davis.

The fee would produce roughly $650,000 for the county to use towards their goal. Davis says that the estimated cost to fix all the bridges is 1.1 million dollars. For more information and to see the County Engineer’s community presentation feel free to call his office.