Hancock County, Ohio - Hancock County Engineer Douglas Cade has been named the 2023 winner of Ohio’s David F. Brand Safety Award by the County Engineers Association of Ohio. Cade also has been nominated for the national David F. Brand Safety Award. The winner of the national award will be named in April 2024 by the National Association of County Engineers. The state and national safety awards recognize an individual who has had a positive influence on improving safety on the local, regional, state and national levels. The award is considered a lifetime achievement award, recognizing an individual's efforts to join forces with other organizations to improve safety and eliminate fatalities and serious injuries.
Roller coasters. Suspension bridges. Space shuttles. Artificial hearts. The modern world would not know such innovations without the knowledge and skills of engineers. And since we depend on these inventions being safe and reliable, the engineers who design them must first complete a rigorous course of study.
But that’s not all. Many of the most sought-after and respected engineers also earn a Professional Engineer (PE) license after graduating from an accredited college, acquiring years of professional experience and passing two sets of exams.
UNITY TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – It appears that supply chain issues are holding up the completion of a road paving project in Columbiana County.
Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation say a nationwide shortage of pavement-marking paint has kept them from finishing work on a stretch of Route 14 that was repaved over the summer months.
LOGAN COUNTY, OH - Today’s Logan County Spotlight is on the Bickham Covered Bridge. The Bickham Covered Bridge is located on County Road 38 between State Route 366 and County Road 98 near Indian Lake. The bridge is over the south fork of the Great Miami River. It is one of two covered bridges that remain in Logan County. The other one is called McColly Covered Bridge on County Road 13.
PUTNAM COUNTY — The Putnam County Engineer is providing notice to the public regarding the following project: Replacement of the bridge over Cranberry Run on County Road O, between Township Road 7-L and County Road 6 in Riley Township. The Putnam County Engineer, in partnership with ODOT, plans to replace this bridge to resolve the current weight restriction. The Putnam County Engineer received a grant through the County Engineers Association of Ohio Bridge Formula Program (Round 2), which provides for 100% of the project construction costs.
Individuals in Engineering and Technology Recognized for STEM Achievements & Community Contributions
Today the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) announced the recipients of its annual awards program, a nod to those movers and shakers who are making significant contributions to the STEM community and the advancement of women in engineering. SWE award recipients include professionals and collegiates from influential businesses, corporations, and universities across the globe. Read more
DANVILLE — Road repairs for Danville Amity Road are at a standstill as bids for the needed project weren’t returned.
The road has been known for its potholes, with residents pondering when the road connecting Howard and Danville would be repaired.
Bid openings for the Danville Amity project were May 23. But there were no bids returned, County Engineer Cameron Keaton said.
COVINGTON, Ky. (KT) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will jointly conduct two open house events later this month to update the public of progress being made on the $3.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project.
One meeting will be in Kentucky and one in Ohio to allow the public to browse exhibits, review project information, provide comments, and talk one-on-one with the project team. The public is encouraged to attend at any time during the three-hour event at their convenience.
AKRON, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – ODOT broke ground on a huge bridge project in Akron last week.
The Route 8 High Level Bridge over the Cuyahoga River Valley will be replaced with two new bridges over the next five years.
ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks was among those attending.
CEAO Office Moved to 1103 Schrock Road
After 18 years at 6500 Busch Blvd, CEAO has officially moved to a new office location.
Our new address:
1103 Schrock Road, Suite 202
Columbus, OH 43229
Our phone number is still the same: 614-221-0707
Commissioners voted 3-0 Wednesday to approve a Road Use Maintenance Agreement (RUMA) contract for Fayette Solar, in conjunction with the Highland County Engineer’s Office and Madison Township Trustees.
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio — A chip and seal program that helps both Belmont County and the townships fix roads has been growing. Now, the Belmont County Commission has partnered to add to the success of the program.
"The project this year is the largest we've ever let out; it’s almost $1.7 million,” County Engineer Terry Lively said.
MEDINA — Medina County Engineer Andy Conrad has asked the Medina County Commissioners to enact a $5 vehicle registration permissive tax for the county. The vehicle registration permissive tax is an optional tax that can be levied by the counties and/or taxing districts on vehicle registrations, according to the Ohio Revised Code.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — The Jefferson County Engineering Department presented its annual report for 2022 to county commissioners on Thursday. Among some of their biggest projects, 7.5 miles of county road were paved, 17 slips sites have been fixed, two bridge structures have been replaced and many repaired, and more than seven miles of shouldering work was done. Commissioners recognized the engineering department for its work and good use of county monies. County Engineer Jim Branagan said he’s happy to have shifted attention on slip projects, but the office is looking to improve even more in 2023.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County board of commissioners addressed infrastructure and plans for next winter at its most recent meeting.
Belmont County will once again participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s road salt contract for salt purchases in 2023. This winter season was relatively tame, and Belmont County Engineer Terry Lively said his office would purchase enough salt to recoup losses.
ALLEN COUNTY, OH (WLIO) - Allen County's engineer hosted the final 2023 County and Township Road Program meeting on Wednesday.
A meeting that included all township trustees and the county's commissioners was held to discuss and finalize the 2023 Road Programs for township, village, and county road work throughout Allen County. At the meeting, county engineer Brion Rhodes reviewed the total cost for all of the road work which came out to be $2.99 million. This included the cost of 13.5 miles of paving and 78.6 miles of chip seal.
SYLVANIA, Ohio — Have you ever approached a roundabout with confusion, fear or just plain frustration? This is a common occurrence nowadays as roundabouts are popping up more and more around high-traffic areas in hopes of alleviating traffic jams and making traffic flow more efficient.
To help drivers maneuver roundabouts better, the Lucas County Engineer’s Office is hosting their first-ever mock roundabout drive-thru training session on Sunday.
MANSFIELD -- Richland County commissioners on Tuesday approved $800,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds for various road paving projects in 2023.
The unanimous decision came during a meeting with county Engineer Adam Gove, who said his department, like all county engineers in the state, lost gas tax revenues in 2020 and 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mercer County Commissioners and the Mercer County Engineer would like to remind those who plant and till the fields around the county this spring to remember to avoid planting in the roadway right-of-way. The Engineer and the Commissioner’s Office have maps that identify the varied widths of the road right-of-way throughout the county. More specifically, sight problems limiting the ability of the traveling public to see, can be particularly hazardous.
The Pike County Commissions along with Pike County Engineer Denny Salisbury were on hand Monday to open the bids for projects that are at least partially funded by monies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)
The first project was the Carr’s Run repair project, which came with an apparent low bid around $15,000.
NEWTON FALLS — The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office is assisting the village in getting repairs and improvements made to the closed historic covered bridge.
Steve Papalas with the engineer’s office told officials Wednesday after discussions about fixing the bridge and placing the project out for bids, a bid of $762,000 was received, which would be covered by insurance.
PORTSMOUTH – Progress in Scioto County is moving rapidly, according to Commissioner Bryan Davis, who pointed to improvements in infrastructure, economic development, and partnerships as fueling the movement.
Davis spoke at the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast on April 5.
During a recent set of meetings, Lake County Commissioner John Hamercheck reported data detailing that the county has received a larger-than-anticipated amount of interest income, which is directly sent to the general fund.
“I know (Lake County) Engineer Jim Gills has expressed deep concerns over several roads and bridges that are closed or that are threatening to be closed due to respective states of disrepair, including inevitable failures,” Hamercheck told the board.
The Delaware County Engineer’s Office has issued its 2023 Paving and its 2023-24 Road Projects guides.
Fourteen major road projects will take place in 2023, and seven will start in 2024. Sixty-four township roads and 26 county roads will be improved by paving, as well.
BEALLSVILLE –Gulfport Energy recently donated $50,000 to help repair Monroe County Road 38, Headley Ridge Road, in Beallsville.
The county has been working to repair the roadway since 2019 when a landslide damaged an approximately 200-foot section of the pavement. Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick said the county was denied Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for the area, along with numerous other locations, meaning the county incurred thousands of dollars in expenses to repair the damage themselves.
VAN WERT — Van Wert County Commissioners, on Tuesday, heard an update on the West Jennings Creek ditch cleanup project, an estimated $1.4 million project in Van Wert and parts of Allen and Putnam counties.
The first public meeting was held in late January and commissioners in the three counties voted to proceed to the next step in the project.
“The surveying is complete,” said Kyle Wendel, Van Wert County Engineer. “We’ve got an initial draft set of plans prepared.”
On Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the state's transportation budget for the next two years. The bill will take affect on July 1, and explains how the Buckeye State will utilize the approximately $13.5 billion in state and federal revenue over the next two years.
House Bill 23 plans to implement a series of changes that will improve public safety and making Ohio a great place to do business.
Ohio's new distracted driving law takes effect tomorrow: Gov. Mike DeWine discusses impacts on drivers and cell phones
COLUMBUS, Ohio — “PHONES DOWN. IT’S THE LAW.”
That's the message from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine as a new statewide law that targets distracted driving takes effect Tuesday across Ohio -- and it brings some big changes when it comes to using your cell phone while behind the wheel.
Scioto County Engineer Darren LeBrun has secured new grant funding to replace a total of nine bridges in the county.
Out of exactly 500 bridges across Scioto County, in which an Ohio bridge is defined as a structure that crosses the span of at least ten feet, the engineer was able to pinpoint nine in dire need of replacement.
At a recent Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon, an older gentleman asked county officials if the Big Walnut Interchange would be built in his lifetime.
One of the answers was, “How long do you plan on living?”
All joking aside, the Big Walnut Interchange was first considered in 1987 and has been the subject of studies and speculation ever since.
TROY – On Tuesday, March 28, the Miami County Commissioners authorized preliminary legislation for the replacement of the Peterson Road Bridge.
The preliminary legislation is with the Ohio Department of Transportation and allows for the commission to enter into contracts as necessary.
Allen County is not making all the bridge repairs it could, leading to weight limit restrictions and closures that impact not only commutes and development but emergency response times.
And they're not alone.
In Butler County, emergency response times jumped by 10 minutes while officials went through a three-month bidding process to fix a closed bridge. The county estimated its employees could have completed the work in three months.
Allen County Engineer meeting with township trustees to go over which road projects will move forward
ALLEN COUNTY, OH (WLIO) - Spring means the kickoff to construction season and the Township Road Program in Allen County.
The Allen County Engineer is meeting with township trustees this week to discuss proposed road work. Trustees are narrowing down which projects can move forward with the amount of available funding. With the price of asphalt raising another 10 dollars a ton, completing the number of projects is a challenge. The cheaper alternative to paving is to chip and seal the roadways, and drivers will find a number of those projects this season.
STEUBENVILLE — An independent crew will be capturing video footage of roadways throughout Jefferson County to help the county’s engineering department to identify areas of need.
On Thursday, the Jefferson County Commissioners learned a crew from the Pavement Management Group of Columbus will be collecting digital video footage of about 260 miles of roads as part of an ongoing inventory and assessment by the department.
The Guernsey County Highway Department has finalized its game plan for 202, according to Guernsey County Engineer Paul Sherry, who pointed out that grant funding will play a key role in all of the projects being planned.
"All of our work depends on the availability of grant funding," Sherry explained. "Over the last 20 years, our revenue has not kept the pace with inflation. We were fortunate to have an increase in the gas tax in 2019, which has negated in the recent years of cost increases. As time goes on, we will continue to lose purchasing power and possibly even our ability to have matching funds for grants."
Mar. 16—LIMA — As the traffic increases, Allen County may see changes to local roadways. Allen County Commissioners approved the Allen County Engineer to enter into a contract with Mannik and Smith Group to conduct a safety study to analyze roadways countywide. Last year, the Allen County Engineer received grant monies of $71,500 from the County Engineer's Association of Ohio. According to the resolution approved at Thursday morning's meeting, the studies will be held on Breese Road between Beeler and McClain, Cole Street between Diller and Beery and Ft. Amanda between Buckeye and Adgate.
CHILLICOTHE— Recently the Ross County Engineer Charlie Ortman sat down to discuss the upcoming road construction projects for Ross County. This includes repaving roads, installation of culverts, routine maintenance and more.
For Ortman's office funding comes from a variety of sources including federal and state grants as well as a local fund match or contribution.
LEWIS CENTER — The Delaware County Engineer’s Office recently announced construction has been completed on the Africa Road and Worthington Road intersection in Orange Township.
“Final area restoration will be completed this spring,” the Facebook page for the office said on March 8. The post also appeared on the Facebook pages for Orange and Genoa townships.
The Ohio Department of Transportation kicked off construction season on Monday. In total, ODOT is expecting to invest $2.5 billion into more than 1,000 projects, including 198 in Southwest Ohio.
One project for ODOT District 8 and the Greene County Engineer this year includes the interchange of U.S. 35 and Valley/Trebein Road.
The Huron County Business Advisory Council hosted an “Engineering Day” for high school students who tested for an architecture, construction or engineering aptitude. These students visited area businesses, including the Huron County Engineer’s Office, BORGERS, Fabriweld, Mark Schaffer Excavating & Trucking and a presentation about the Engineering Tech program at EHOVE.
NEW PHILADELPHIA − The Tuscarawas County Engineer’s Office is looking for students to work as seasonal workers for the Road and Bridge Department.
Students must be a current high school senior or a current college student who will be enrolled in higher education in the fall of 2023.
ZANESVILLE − The Muskingum County Engineer's Office is taking full advantage of federal bridge replacement funds to tackle several bridge projects this year. Since Muskingum County Engineer Mark Eicher took office five years ago, the county has replaced 50 bridges. The office plans to bid out six bridge projects this year, and tackle 10 to 12 on their own. Eicher's office is responsible for 402 of the approximately 640 bridges in the county.
"In all, we will replace about 15 bridges this year," Eicher said. "A very busy year."
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti gave an update on road work and projects in the county.
He said despite the rising cost of materials and labor shortages, he expects to see about 250 miles of road paved or rebuilt over the next five years.
The Mahoning County Engineer is proposing to replace the Walker Mill Road Bridge over Yellow Creek in Boardman.
The project is currently scheduled to begin construction in the Spring of 2025.
During construction, Walker Mill Road at the project site will be closed to traffic for a period not to exceed 180 consecutive calendar days. The official detour route for the closure will utilize South Avenue, Western Reserve Road, and North Lima Rd.
WOODSFIELD — A long-anticipated improvement project on Monroe County Road 12 will get underway later this spring.
Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick said the approximately $4.7 million project is finally moving ahead. She said a number of improvements will be made, including cement stabilization and paving of around 10.5 miles of roadway between Graysville and Ohio 800.
NEWARK − Tim Lollo is being remembered for his calm demeanor and common sense approach to his job as Licking County engineer from 1991 to 2011.
Lollo, 64, of Newark, died Feb. 25 at the James Cancer Hospital following a brief battle with cancer. He was born March 28, 1958, in Springfield.
LANCASTER − The Fairfield County Engineer's office will repair one bridge and replace another with money from the $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill President Biden signed into law in 2021.
County engineer Jeremiah Upp said he's disappointed with only receiving enough federal money for two projects or about $493,000. He said he doesn't think anymore money from the infrastructure bill will be coming.
Jeffers Road bridge, Lodi Township Road 83-1.40, recently was closed after Athens County Engineer Jeff Maiden made a field inspection and determined the bridge was unsafe.
The bridge is located 0.13 miles north from the intersection of Athens County Road 33A and Old U.S. 33.
Maiden conducted the field inspection on the bridge Monday.
GREENVILLE — The commissioners met Thursday to discuss sealed bids for the resurfacing and pavement markings for various county and township roads. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Marshall Combs, and Larry Holmes were present.
Jim Surber, county engineer, was present as bids were opened and read during the regular session meeting. In a matter of resurfacing, the engineer’s estimate was $2,093,867.50.
COSHOCTON − Coshocton County Engineer Fred Wachtel said the biggest obstacle for his department has always been having enough funding for needed work, and probably always will be.
Wachtel recently delivered his annual report for 2022 to Coshocton County commissioners. This included work done last year, projected projects for the coming year and other highlights from his office. Wachtel said work last year was pretty standard with road paving and bridge repairs being the bulk of projects. The same is expected for 2023.
MOUNT VERNON — It won't be long before motorists on a portion of Danville Amity Road get to stop complaining about potholes. Instead, they'll face possible traffic delays due to a roadway safety project.
Knox County Engineer Cameron Keaton said Phase 1 of the $2.8 million road improvement project will go out to bid in the next couple of months. Phase 1 covers from Skyline Drive east to Richards Street in the village.
The Portage County Engineer’s Office, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation, isproposing a bridge replacement project on Randolph Road over Potter Creek in Randolph. The bridge is located about one third of a mile west of the intersection with Trares Road.
During the Delaware County Board of Commissioners meeting on Feb. 13, Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman received the Clyde “Butch” Seidle Public Works Servant Leader Award from the Ohio chapter of the American Public Works Association (OAPWA).
“This prestigious award was presented by Del-Co Water CEO Glenn Marzluf and past chapter president Larry Lester from the City of Hilliard,” said a Facebook post by the county. “The award, named in honor of longtime public engineer Butch Seidle recognizes individuals who exhibit the highest standard of excellence, dedication and accomplishment over a sustained period and who are creative and highly skilled career servant leaders. And that perfectly describes Chris Bauserman.”
A new set of studies from The American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety on AAA’s website asking “tow workers, emergency responders, and road maintenance workers” about their experiences found multiple troubling statistics.
The study said that of the people asked, 60 percent of them had experienced a “near-miss” as roadside workers and 15 percent had survived being hit by a passing vehicle.
WOOD COUNTY, Ohio — Donnie Zeigler has lived in Wood County for 46 years.
He knows the roads like the back of his hand. But now, the roads are getting out of hand.
"I really hope we can get help soon, we just can't keep up," Zeigler, a board trustee for Portage Township, said.
As part of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE), Clinton County Engineer Jeff Linkous recently attended the National Legislative Conference in Washington DC, where NACE members met with representatives of the White House, US Department of Transportation, and the Transportation and Infrastructure committee of the House of Representatives.
Lindsay Guard is concerned about the steady roll of cars, trucks, bikes and kids along Spring Run Drive, a popular north-south alternate to Sunbury Road in Genoa Township where three-way stop signs help to slow traffic.
Others living in this and other nearby middle-class neighborhoods — some for decades — also have been concerned enough about speeders to ask township officials to enforce the signs.
Ottawa County engineer Ron Lajti said he expects 2023 to be one of the largest infrastructure construction seasons in the county’s history with budgeted projects totaling about $9.3 million scheduled for bidding.
A low bid of $790,734 from R&I Construction, Tiffin, was recently approved by the county commissioners for the replacement of Elliston Trowbridge Road over Toussaint Creek Bridge.
The Pike County Commissioners met in regular session Monday morning and accepted bids on two different projects.
County Engineer Denny Salisbury was present to open and read the bids. Also present were representatives from many of the companies that submitted a bid.
Work is set to begin on March 1 for a bridge replacement on Straight Creek Road (T.R. 239) in southeastern Highland County. The project is located approximately 0.5 miles west of S.R. 41, and will replace the existing structure over Baker Fork Creek. The roadway will be closed for the duration of the project starting March 6.
JACKSON TWP., Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – The Stark County Engineer’s Office wants to know what you think.
They’re planning a series of upgrades to Dressler Road NW and its intersections at Everhard Road, Belden Village Street and Belden Park Crossing.
COLUMBUS - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that he is increasing Ohio’s yearly funding allocation for local bridge projects by $47.5 million for the next five years, bringing Ohio’s annual investment in county and municipal bridges to $112.5 million per year.
Director Marchbanks Testimony on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, July 16, 2020, over 200 state, local, and tribal officials from around the country joined President Donald J. Trump on the White House South Lawn as he reviewed the administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce burdensome federal regulations. The President highlighted the regulatory actions taken to expedite infrastructure projects at an event entitled Rollback of Regulations Helping All Americans. Engineers attending from Ohio included Champaign County Engineer Stephen McCall, Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman, and CEAO Executive Director Dean Ringle who were invited as part of a delegation with seven other local transportation officials from the National Association of County Engineers (NACE). Vice President Mike Pence, Idaho Governor Bradley Little, and Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy also addressed the group.
The last increase in the state gas tax was 2005. “I want to say it’s much appreciated because our costs have gone up since the last increase,” said county Engineer Bert Dawson. “It’s more of a catch up.”
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