The American Society of Civil Engineers has released its annual report on the state of the nation’s infrastructure.
Ohio’s bridges, roads, airports and ports received a grade of C-, slightly better than the national average of a D.
It’s not surprising to Pickaway County Engineer Chris Mullins.
Read more on the report here.
“We’ve got approximately 48 bridges of the 286 bridges that we are required to maintain that are considered functionally obsolete,” said Mullins.
Functionally obsolete means a bridge must be inspected every year because of significant maintenance or replacement.
Mullins says many of the bridges he needs rebuilt are stuck on a waiting list because there simply isn't the money to rebuild them.
“It would cost us about $11.5 million to replace those bridges, but with our current funding stream, it’s going to take 46 years to do that,” he said.
Ohio’s roadways need a facelift, too, according to the study.
The report states that 42 percent of the state’s roadways are in poor or mediocre condition. That cost
Ohio drivers spend just under $2 million each year in extra vehicle repairs.
The state is chipping away at the problem.
A soon-to-be signed transportation bill by Gov. John Kasich will include $7 billion in infrastructure improvements.
Ohio Department of Transportation officials said they did not have an immediate response to the report because they had not had a chance to see it.
ODOT did note that it plans to spend $500 million to improve the Ohio Turnpike and make improvements within a 75-mile radius of the toll road.
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