County Bridge Project Moving Forward

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A new bridge should be in place on Athens County Road 85 (Big Run) before the end of the year,  told the county commissioners on Tuesday.

The Athens Messenger reports the county commissioners approved paperwork for the project at the request of County Engineer Jeff Maiden.

The existing bridge, which is located just off Route 329 and crosses Federal Creek, has been closed for about three years due to a deteriorated deck.

It will be the Ohio Department of Transportation that puts the project out to bid.

Alan Craig of ODOT said the bid date for the project is April 24, and the estimated cost is $720,000. Nearly all of that cost will be covered by federal funding.

Maiden said the cost to Athens County will be about $34,000.

Maiden said the work should be completed this fall.