By Danielle Coots
For the News-Current
BEAVERCREEK — Ohio Department of Transportation has renewed their proposal to the City of Beavercreek to extend their previous offer to inspect motorized bridges for the next three years. An agreement for this task has been approved and will save the city significant money and manpower each year.
The city maintains more than 24 bridges in various locations throughout the city. In previous years, it’s been the city’s responsibility and duty to conduct yearly inspections of the bridges to check structure, flaws, and safety issues, if any. But, three years ago, ODOT stepped in an offered to do this task for the city at no cost. Now that agreement has expired.
Recently, ODOT has approached the city, again, with the same offer. The city recently accepted their offer and it’s been extended for the next three years.
ODOT has agreed to do inspections of only the bridges that carry cars or are motorized pathways – cars, buses, trucks, etc. So, the city is still responsible for inspecting the bridges that carry pedestrians or bicyclists.
The agreement with ODOT will save the City of Beavercreek approximately $6,500 a year and will end in three years. This offer is part of Ohio’s Bridge Inspection program. ODOT will be responsible for inspecting 18 bridges while the city six.
Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.