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Logan County bridge upkeep measures up

Logan County-maintained bridges are not in the kind of disrepair found in other Ohio counties.

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Logan County highway crews perform bridge maintenance Tuesday on a span located on County Road 142 north of County Road 26. The Logan County Engineer’s Office credits the countywide half-percent sales tax with funding bridge maintenance that other counties have had to do without. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

“Our county bridges are very good and that’s because of the half-percent sales tax,” Logan County Engineer Scott Coleman said, when asked about a recent AP report that spotlighted aging bridges.

“The citizens of this county have chosen to invest in their infrastructure and it is for that reason we’re able to keep and maintain quality bridges in Logan County.”

Mr. Coleman said his office is responsible for 299 bridges on county roads. All of those bridges are currently open, he said, even as a few are currently being maintained and/or repaired.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, 19 bridges in Logan County are considered deficient.

“Those are according to federal ratings,” Mr. Coleman said. “Those bridges may still have several years of service life.”

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