Stories tagged with: Doug Davis

January 25, 2016 - 3:35pm
1 week 4 days ago

Muskingum County Commissioners met with the county engineer Monday.

Doug Davis talked about the fate of Church Hill Road.

"We met with the coal company to finalize plans about vacating the existing Church Hill roadway and taking Hall Road. We will be calling the new road Haul Road. And it will become the new public county road. The coal company has been working with their engineers and their construction crew to prepare that roadway to current county standards. So it will be...

December 22, 2015 - 3:39pm
6 weeks 3 days ago

The Muskingum County Engineer said another area bridge will need to be closed.

Doug Davis said an emergency evaluation performed this week shows the bridge on Fletcher Road off of State Route 345 needs to be closed immediately for safety reasons. He said monthly inspections have revealed major issues that call for emergency closing and reconstruction.

"Those beams are flexing more than I would like," Davis said. "They're fatiguing. It's not going to last until...

December 21, 2015 - 1:26pm
6 weeks 4 days ago

The Philo-Duncan Falls Bridge officially reopened Monday but Muskingum County Engineer Doug Davis said 'there's still work to be done.'

Two repairs made to the structure made it necessary to remove the deck of the bridge after a perforation,or small hole in the steel, failed, becoming large enough for the emergency closing.

Davis said monthly inspections are performed but the sudden failure wasn't expected and could have been caused by traffic over the load limit passing over the...

October 23, 2015 - 3:48pm
15 weeks 19 hours ago

By Lindsay Jobst:

As work begins on the Philo bridge, there is a concern about the state of other bridges in Muskingum County.

When a bridge nears failure, the safety of thousands of travelers could be at risk. There are currently 420 open bridges in the county, and Muskingum County Engineer Doug Davis says many are in need of repair -- with little money in the budget to do the work,

"Our bridges are ailing, and we cannot replace them as fast as they're aging,"...

October 21, 2015 - 4:01pm
15 weeks 2 days ago

Work on the Philo-Duncan Falls Bridge is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

If you're a resident of Philo, you will soon need to find an alternative route to Duncan Falls, as the bridge will be closed from November 2 until the beginning of January. Muskingum County Engineer, Doug Davis, said there are three different locations in need of repair, including a beam that is near failure. The bridge was built in 1954, and now nearly 5,000 vehicles cross the structurally damaged bridge...

July 22, 2015 - 3:12pm
28 weeks 2 days ago

Muskingum County has received two grants to expand upon and improve multiple roads across the county. 

The first, and larger of the two grants is for an expansion of Bethesda Drive at the new Genesis Hospital. The Muskingum County Transportation Improvement District received $250,000 which is the maximum it could receive for the $1.7 million project. Once completed, there will be a new emergency access road into the hospital. 

The other project is a $64,971 grant for a...

February 23, 2015 - 1:43pm
49 weeks 4 days ago

The Muskingum County Engineer plans to contact the prosecutor's office about an apparently abandoned coal road.

A portion of Church Hill Road that runs past the property of Bennett Woerner was once used by Oxford Coal now Westmoreland Coal to haul their product. 

This portion of the road has since been left in disuse and dead ends at Woerner's farm. Woerner would like to see the road either vacated or maintained.

"They could put the old road back in and put a...

November 13, 2014 - 9:01pm
1 year 11 weeks ago

A meeting about the Philo-Duncan Falls Bridge was held Thursday, November 13, at Philo Jr. High school.

The meeting was led by Muskingum County Engineer, Doug Davis, who shared his goals and plans for the future of the 60 year old bridge, that was only intended to be open for 50 years. Currently, the bridge is safe, but because it is beyond its expected life, and is narrow, it has become functionally obsolete.

"One option is to completely close the bridge, that...

October 20, 2014 - 5:02pm
1 year 15 weeks ago

The Ohio Department of Transportation's Ohio Bridge Partnership Program is helping to replace bridges throughout the state.

Over three years nearly $120 million is being granted to county engineer offices across the state. There are 11 bridges in Muskingum County that have qualified for this program, and they will be replaced over the next three years.

"There's a tremendous need at the local level, particularly in the rural counties to repair some of the older bridges,...

September 22, 2014 - 11:22am
1 year 19 weeks ago

Muskingum County Commissioner's stand by their decision to not authorize the county engineer to work on a shelter house for a local baseball league.

Thursday, members of Y-city Baseball approached county commissioners about writing a letter authorizing Doug Davis to draw up plans for a shelter house. At that time Commissioners Jerry Lavy and Jim Porter said they wouldn't give approval based on Davis never asking for permission before and not wanting every private non-profit asking for...

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