The Transportation Improvement District plans to apply for funding to help with an area bridge project.
The Grantcliff Bridge needs replaced. It's a multi-year project that requires gas line relocation and right of way that needs to be acquired. The Ohio Department of Transportation District 5 encouraged the TID to apply for a $250,000 grant to help fund the project.
"If something were to happen to that bridge the bridge would be out a while," said TID Member Mike Jacoby. "A lot of people would be in a very isolated position and getting from that part of the county would be very difficult and there would be emergency issues."
At meeting in February ODOT told the county will need to pay up to $600,000 of the bridge project that money will be split between the commissioners and the engineer's office. ODOT will pay the remainder.
This money will help ODOT to cut down on the cost they must pay out for the project. Jacoby said getting funding is becoming increasingly tougher.
"ODOT has intentionally changed the way the TIDs receive funding. I think they've tried to basically award strong projects and try to weed out some of the weaker TIDs and weaker projects. For a county our size we're hanging in there," said Jacoby.
Muskingum County Engineer Doug Davis said that preliminary work on the bridge will begin in late 2014 or early 2015. Next year Jacoby said the TID will apply for a funding to add a turn lane from 146 onto Northpointe.
Grantcliff bridge will become a state bridge after work is complete and will no longer be maintained by the county.