The Carter Road Bridge in Cleveland.

Ohio bridge projects get $59.5 million boost from state

February 12, 2024

Ohio bridges in need of rehabilitation will benefit from nearly $59.5 million in state funding, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced this week.

Projects to improve 17 bridges across the state through ODOT’s Local Major Bridge Program include lift bridge updates, deck replacements, new lighting and fencing, new bridge design, road resurfacing, sidewalks, and mechanical and electrical system repairs.

Local bridge improvements have been a recent point of focus for ODOT, which announced $28 million in funding from its Municipal Bridge Program in 2023 for projects that include repairs, replacement or demolition of two dozen smaller bridges.

In 2022, Gov. Mike DeWine expanded the definition of a “local major bridge,” which more than quadrupled the number of bridges eligible for the Local Major Bridge Program.

Eleven bridges will receive state funding for repairs for the first time.

“We expanded this program to make an impact on more communities,” DeWine said. “With these funding awards, we’re helping local communities invest in the upkeep or replacement of bridges to ensure that those who cross them are safe.”

To qualify for the program, the bridge must be a moveable lift bridge or a bridge having a deck area greater than 15,000 square feet. There is a maximum project cap of $20 million.

ODOT will fund up to 80% of eligible costs for all phases of the projects receiving awards.

Some Local Major Bridge Program projects include:

  • $20 million to repair the mechanical and electrical systems on the Carter Road lift bridge in Cleveland. Construction will begin in 2028.
  • $9 million for preventative maintenance on the Hopple Street Bridge in Cincinnati, including replacing the expansion joints, concrete deck and repairing the piers over existing rail lines. Construction will begin in 2027.
  • $5 million to design a bridge to replace the North Main Street Bridge in Summit County. The project will begin in 2025. Construction is expected to begin in 2028 or 2029.

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Miles Smith

Miles Smith has more than two decades of communications experience in the public and private sectors, including several years of covering local governments for various daily and weekly print publications. His scope of work includes handling public relations for large private-sector corporations and managing public-facing communications for local governments.

Smith has recently joined the team as a content writer for SPI’s news publications, which include Texas Government Insider, Government Contracting Pipeline and its newest digital product, Government Market News, which launched in September 2023. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s in journalism.

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