A hole in the deck of a bridge catches the attention of the Muskingum County Engineer.
The Cannelville Road bridge off of 555 has a new feature…steel plates. The plates were placed on the east end of the bridge after an emergency inspection. While on the surface it may look like just a hole in the asphalt, it’s a sign of a bigger issue.
"The asphalt is somewhat rigid. If it’s developed a hole in that structure that mean that there’s a hole much larger than that, that is starting to move underneath that structure," explained Muskingum County Engineer Doug Davis.
To repair the bridge it would cost $10,000. The west end of the bridge underwent repairs in 2009 and at that time the east end was fine. But, Davis said a harsh winter with all the plowing and salt has taken its toll not only on this structure but others.
"This is going to continue to happen. Our bridges are deteriorating. Half of our bridges are over 50 years old and we’re currently working on 5-6 of those this summer that we’re going to do," said Davis.
The Cannelville Bridge isn’t scheduled to be replaced until 2017. Bridges undergoing work this summer include the Boggs Road Bridge which begins Tuesday, May 20, the Gaysport Bridge and work is finishing up on the Green Valley Bridge.
The engineer’s office is currently reviewing bids from engineering design consultants for that project.