NEWARK – Licking County Engineer Bill Lozier has asked for roughly $10.9 million from a county subsequent year for his bureau and a highway garage.
That reflects a $1.9 million boost from a 2014 budget, according to Nick Adams, a commissioners’ emissary clerk of financial and budget.
About $3.9 million of Lozier’s ask addresses correct or replacing during slightest 17 of a county’s bum bridges. State and sovereign appropriation should compensate for 3 additional bridges subsequent year, Lozier said, while work underway on 3 some-more bridges should move a sum to 23 spans in 2015.
Last year, a commissioners upheld a $1 boost in a genuine estate vehicle price and a $5 boost in a approving permit taxation to assistance account highway and overpass correct in a county. Lozier seeks a multiple of those funds, fastening and an additional ubiquitous account grant to compensate for his 2015 overpass program.
Commissioner Tim Bubb pronounced a county might not have a income to account that ask though a state and sovereign governments committing to putting some-more income behind into infrastructure.
“We’ll try to, though it might be unfit for us to financial $10.8 million,” he said.
Lozier’s bureau is obliged for 433 bridges in a county, with 82 of them listed in bad condition.
This year, Lozier’s bureau — in-house and by employing contractors — remade or transposed 20 bridges, with work still underway on three. He hopes to surpass that gait subsequent year.
This year, a county had to reinstate 6 culverts that were not formerly scheduled for work. Also this year, dual county bridges unsuccessful dramatically.
In August, an overloaded dump lorry pennyless by a wooden rug of a overpass on Smith Chapel Road, north of Hanover, and finished adult stranded on steel beams for several hours. That overpass stays sealed and is scheduled for correct subsequent year.
Heavy rainfall Apr 3 cleared out a culvert during a run to Moot’s Run and collapsed partial of York Road, between Morse and Wesleyan Church roads, about 11/2 miles south of a rotate of Ohio 161 and York Road in Saint Albans Township. The chasm left a 150-foot hole.
Lozier still hopes to finish deputy of that culvert this year, though contractors have been foiled by solidified fill dirt, that has resisted efforts to compress it, he said. That widen of a highway stays closed, for now, as work continues.
Contractors transposed another overpass on York Road, to a north of a culvert, this year. That overpass had been on a 50 percent bucket rebate and had been scheduled for deputy in 2015, though a work was changed to this year to concede complicated construction trucks to entrance a culvert site.
The commissioners are hosting departmental bill hearings by Tuesday for a 2015 General Fund budget. Lozier presented his due bill Thursday afternoon.
So far, county dialect heads have submitted requests totaling $52.3 million for subsequent year, Adams said. That compares with a 2014 General Fund bill of $50.4 million.
The commissioners will approve an halt bill by a finish of Dec and a final bill by Mar 31, Adams said.