The Fayette County Engineer’s Office recently completed its 2016 Capital Improvement Plan map, which they will show to the various townships within the county during an upcoming meeting next month.
According to Fayette County Engineer Steve Luebbe, they have been continually building a comprehensive map that shows the upcoming projects in the county, which includes four types of work to be done: Chip-seal, paving jobs, bridge work and culvert replacements. In total, nearly $2 million worth of funding has been secured to complete these projects this year, pending weather conditions. Some work could begin as soon as March 1, as long as the cold weather breaks and allows spring to settle in.
“There is nothing out of the ordinary this year, we have a good paving program this year with over 20 miles being paved,” Luebbe said during an interview Thursday. “Chip-seal is only 10 miles, which is less than in the past. One of the projects we are going to do is finish the widening of Snowhill Road. That is a decent-sized project, and is part of a larger goal of increasing some of the higher traffic roads to 20 feet. We did half of it last year and we would like to finish the other half this year.”
The largest project for 2016 is a replacement of the bridge on Baldwin Road and is estimated to take $500,000 alone to complete the project. Another bridge, on Old Springfield Road, will also be replaced this year at the estimated cost of $300,000. Other bridge work on Edgefield, Walnut Creek and Boyd roads is also expected to be completed this year.
“We are funded predominately by gas tax and license fees, like when you renew your tags,” Luebbe said. “That money we receive is about all we get, about 90 or 95 percent, with other funding coming from some grant money, partly by Ohio Public Works Commission funding and others. It is based off of criteria though, and compared to some of the other counties who have significant damage that they need help with, we are actually doing well and most of our improvements are not nearly as significant as those counties. I was lucky that the engineers before me had done such a good job.”
Roads currently expected to receive work this year are Bloomingburg New Holland Road, Harrison Road, Miami Trace Road, White Road, Camp Grove Road, Cisco Road, Creamer Road, Morris Road, Pearson Octa Road, Pleasant View Road, Washington Waterloo Road and Washington New Martinsburg Road.
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