Report reviews roads, bridges

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — According to the county engineer’s annual report, the county repaved about 22 miles of roadways, some for the first time in decades.

Of that 22 miles, seven roads — or about 17 miles — were last paved in the 1980s, County Engineer Paul Huelskamp said in his report.

The road maintenance program also included 41 miles of patching and 17 miles of crack sealing, as well as numerous berm repairs. The county is responsible for the maintenance of about 423 miles of roadways.

Some of 2016’s road projects included a joint project with the City of Troy to repave McKaig Road between State route 718 and Dorset Road, as well as another joint project with the City of Piqua to pave Hemm Road from County Road 25-A to Drake Road.

The county also worked with the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) to perform safety upgrades on Kessler-Cowlesville Road from Tipp City’s western corporation limits to Nashville Road. The project made profile anc crown corrects to the existing pavement to ensure better drainage.

In 2017, the county plans to repave County Road 25-A between Troy and Piqua. This $1.2 million project will be 75 percent federally funded.

“Whenever possible, we apply for federal grant money and Ohio Public Works Commission funds to bring tax money back to Miami County for local projects,” Huelskamp reported.

Other maintenance included the replacement of several bridges, 87 culverts and 217 road signs.

The county maintains 345 bridges of varying ages, sizes, and conditions. In 2016, the county performed two larger projects, including the replacement of a bridge on Burr Oak-New Hope Road. The structure was replaced with 55-foot-long pre-stressed concrete beams at a cost of $185,389 from the county’s bridge levy. Crews also replaced a bridge on Owens Road.

In 2017, the county plans to replace an existing steel beam bridge on Shiloh Road with pre-stressed concrete. This project has been awarded funding from OPWC, with 36 percent of the project locally funded.

Bridges on Casstown-Clark Road and Loy Road are also slated for replacement this year.

By Cecilia Fox

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