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New tech materials will help make bridge look old

Something new will look old once Logan County Engineer bridge crews finish replacement of Onion Ditch Bridge on County Road 174.

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A large chunk of concrete abutment falls onto a trackhoe bucket operated Monday by Matt Archer of the Logan County Engineer’s Office. Mr. Archer and Brian Levan, not seen in the photo, were doing the trackhoe two-step to avoid dropping materials into the waterway, a requirement of the state- and federallyfunded project. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

Located north of Lions Park in West Liberty, the bridge span was removed Monday and crews were working to prepare the site for recycled plastic abutments, beams and decking.

“When it is finished, it is going to look very similar to a wood structure with aged treated timbers,” said Logan County Engineer Scott Coleman. “I think it will look very nice and it will be fun to see the 60-year-old tractors rolling across it next Labor Day.”

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