The Hoover-Moffitt Road Bridge, spanning Bokes Creek, closed for replacement on July 20.

The Hoover-Moffitt Road Bridge, spanning Bokes Creek, closed for replacement on July 20.

The three-span concrete slab located on County Road 310 is expected to be closed for 60 days or more. It is being replaced by R&I Construction of Tiffin, according to County Engineer Jeff Stauch.

Stauch said R&I Construction did repairs on the Miller Road bridge, also in the northern part of the county.

Stauch said his department submitted an application to the County Engineers Association of Ohio for the Sam Reed Road Truss Bridge, which crosses Buck Run, for replacement in 2015.

"It's already that far out," said Stauch. "They had a record request of $108-million, all counties, all the county engineers in the state submitted for this round 2015 and they can't come near funding those."

Stauch said they are talking about funding one-fourth or one-third of the projects.

"It did not make the cut," he said.

Next year at about the same time of year, he said, the county will apply for 2016 funding.

"The bridge is in decent shape now," Stauch said, "it's just that you have to program that far out. That could change if funding changes at the federal level."

The requests for more than $100 million show the amount of need across the state, according to Stauch.

"They target counties that there bridge rankings are lower than some of the comparative counties," he said. "They are targeted first; they kind of have the priority. The good news for us is our levels are better, because we replaced a lot of bridges in the past years. But it doesn't make us as competitive."