Stories tagged with: Doug Davis

April 22, 2014 - 10:06am
1 year 31 weeks ago

The age of over 200 of Muskingum County's 400 plus bridges are 50 years old or more.

The Muskingum County Engineer said he's spent the last decade years of working to repair these structures to extend their life span, but there comes a time where a repair won't fix the bridge and federal money can't go to bridges 20 feet or less. The cost of material is also on the rise.

"Our concrete, our asphalt, the steel that we buy for our structures they're not what they used to be,...

March 5, 2014 - 3:11pm
1 year 38 weeks ago

NACO, the National Association of Counties, met in Washington D.C. this week to discuss the shortfalls in local as well as national transportation improvemts. The Muskingum County Engineer was among those on the trasportation board.

A highlight of discusson was Congressional Bill MAP21, or Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century. With it is set to expire in September this year, Muskingum county will lose $30 million in Federal funding for roads and bridges if the bill is not...

January 24, 2014 - 6:22pm
1 year 43 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Engineer's office is finding innovative ways to stretch their winter salt supply.

Muskingum County Engineer, Doug Davis says that every year his office is given a estimated 4.9 million dollar budget. He says they are carefully rationing the amount of money they use on salt in order to have funds left over for summer projects.

"We have one budget. That budget pays for salt, pays for sand, pays for tires, pays for fuel, pays for bridges, pays for asphalt,...

December 19, 2013 - 6:01pm
1 year 48 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Commissioner's are deciding on whether or not an extra $10 fee should be added onto license plates.

The Commissioner's met with Muskingum County Engineer Doug Davis on Thursday to discuss the possibility. Commissioner Jim Porter says no decision has been made on the permissive license plate tax as of yet.

"I believe in our conversation this morning, we would like to meet in the new year, discuss maybe putting it on the ballot or even a...

November 13, 2013 - 10:03pm
2 years 1 week ago

Wednesday evening the County Commissioners invited the public to an informational forum to educate them about the possibility of raising license plate fees.

According to Muskingum County Engineer, Doug Davis' presentation Wednesday evening, there are 415 bridges in the county. 36% of these bridges are considered functionally obsolete, meaning they are aged and do not meet today's standards and 18% are structurally deficient, meaning the bridge is weakening and prone to flooding.

August 19, 2013 - 10:49am
2 years 14 weeks ago

Muskingum County's Engineer met with commissioners to discuss ways to pay for roadwork within the county.

Through Ohio Public Works county engineer Doug Davis said they'll apply for grants to take care of some paving projects. Davis also wants the commissioners approval to apply for a zero percent interest loan for $500,000. The money would be used to buy materials to start work on area bridges.

"Our structures in our county are aging and we do that inventory annually. We...

May 24, 2013 - 4:50pm
2 years 26 weeks ago

After the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge in Washington State, Bridge safety is at the heart of discussion nationwide.

Muskingum County Engineer, Doug Davis says with lack of funds, keeping local bridges safe and updated is getting more difficult every year.

"It's getting so tough on the infrastructure across the nation because the federal transportation bill does not give enough funding for what we need. We're not trying to expand in Muskingum County. What we are trying...

February 4, 2013 - 3:15pm
2 years 42 weeks ago

While the Muskingum County Commissioners and Engineer were able to work out funding for Grant Cliff Bridge the issue arises as to how to pay for project in the future.

The Muskingum County Engineer said a portion of his funding comes from the gas tax and license plate fees. Currently, the office maintains 241 bridges that span between 10 and 20 feet. Bridges are placed on a cycle for repair. The engineer has programed bridges out to 2016 based on federal funds. The engineer said for...

February 4, 2013 - 2:16pm
2 years 42 weeks ago

Muskingum County can breath a sigh of relief when it comes to funding a local bridge project.

The county first believed that they would have to pay over $900,000 out of pocket to replace the Grant Cliff Bridge.

In a meeting Monday, with the Ohio Department of Transportation an agreement was reached where the county will pay up to $600,000 for the project.

"Any change orders, utility problems, any of that ODOT is going to take care of those issues," explained...

January 14, 2013 - 2:40pm
2 years 45 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Engineer met with County Commissioners today to discuss plans and funding for a local bridge.

The Grant Cliff Bridge, located near Prophet's Park is due for repairs and a relocation by 2014

Muskingum County Engineer, Doug Davis explained, "Years ago, the old state route 555 was relocated and being within legislation, state routes have to connect and that is the missing piece. So there was an agreement signed years ago, from the commissioners to the state...

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