(MARIETTA, OH) - The Washington County Engineer has released his annual report for 2013, and in it are details about how much the harsh winter weather has cost the county, and how one area bridge may be replaced entirely.
One million dollars—that’s roughly how much the winter has cost the county for the 2013 season, which is up from roughly $470,000 in 2012.
Snow and ice control took up a large chunk of that million-dollar expense, but, overall, county engineer Roger Wright says things are in good shape as the county has come out on the plus side of revenue.
Wright says that, while the county is also in good shape in regard to bridges, he does plan to replace the one on County Road 25. He says it’s more beneficial to replace that bridge and use its steel for other structures than to simply patch the deck.
He says there’s also a possibility that other bridges will need replaced in the near future.
As a follow-up to the engineer’s report The Washington County Commissioners approved a $1250 proposal fee for Hammontree and Associates to perform an inspection of nine fracture-critical structures.
The engineer’s report also says the county spent over $61,000 in traffic sign work and $337,000 on chip seal maintenance across 29 county miles in 2013.