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Ohio Receives Two Awards and has Two Officers Elected at the Annual NACE Conference

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(Left photo:  Dean Ringle, P.E., P.S., CEAO Executive Director and Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer       Right photo:  Ringle, Joe Dura, P.E., Design Department Manager at the Montgomery County Engineer's Office, and Paul Gruner, P.E., P.S., Montgomery County Engineer)

The National Association of County Engineers (NACE) recently held their annual conference in Buffalo, New York.  At the conference, two Ohio representatives received national awards.  Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer received the David P. Brand Safety Award.  Joe Dura, P.E., Design Department Manager at the Montgomery County Engineer’s Office received the Program/Project Manager of the Year Award.  Congratulations Greg and Joe!

Also at the conference, two Ohio County Engineers were elected to NACE office.  Stephen McCall, P.E., P.S., Champaign County Engineer was elected to the office of 2021 NACE Secretary/Treasurer.  Jeff Linkous, P.E., P.S., Clinton County Engineer was elected to serve as Northeast Region Vice President.  Congratulations Stephen and Jeff, and thank you for your service to CEAO and to NACE!

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County eyeing funding for High Level Bridge

DOWNTOWN AKRON — County officials are hoping preliminary engineering work on the High Level Bridge, also known as the North Main Street Bridge, connecting Akron and Cuyahoga Falls will spur much needed funding assistance for its replacement.

According to Heidi Swindell, of the Summit County Engineer’s Office, the 900-foot-long-truss bridge opened in July 1949 and was rehabilitated in the 1990s. It has four lanes of traffic carrying an average of 17,000 vehicles per day over a railroad, North Street, the Little Cuyahoga River and a valley.


Allen, Auglaize County Commissioners approve bridge replacement

LIMA — The Board of Commissioners in Allen and Auglaize counties will be working together to replace a bridge that crosses the county line.

Both boards met in joint session Tuesday to approve the deck replacement for the Auglaize County Line Road bridge that crosses from Perry Township in Allen County to Union Township in Auglaize County, located a quarter-mile east of Wrestle Creek Road.


Road salt prices soar; Butler County’s annual bill up 12.6%

Just like paving projects, the dismal economy wreaked havoc with the annual road salt bill, pushing it 12.6% higher for a bulk of Butler County communities for a total of about $2.7 million.

Most county governments join Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens when he goes out to bid for road salt and will pay an $85.92 per ton for 28,000 to 30,000 tons of the snow melting material. Wilkens received three bids, the lowest from Morton Salt, the others were $91.95 and $110 per ton.


Dawson seeks support for U.S. Route 30 studies

LISBON — For generations, the 220 miles of four-lane highway of U.S. Route 30 have run from the State of Indiana to Canton, but then stopped abruptly, only 30 miles before reaching state Route 11.

County Engineer Bert Dawson remains interested in resolving that need for expansion across Columbiana County and asked the Transportation Improvement District board he is a part of to support the efforts to apply for federal grant money to update the environmental studies for the project. According to Dawson, it has been at least a decade since anyone did that study, which is the first step toward getting the project off the ground.


$5 million in pandemic relief money will pay for work on Butler County roads

The Butler County commissioners plan to invest $5 million, using a slice of nearly $75 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, for additional county and township road paving projects next year.

County Engineer Greg Wilkens presented the commissioners several different funding scenarios on Monday that contemplate a flat contribution for all 13 townships and additional allocations based on the number of miles within those communities. The paving programs are already set for this year so the money would fund 2023 projects.

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