Whitehall News

Beechtree bridge slated for improvement


A Whitehall bridge is one of only 20 municipal bridges in the state to be selected for improvement as part of an Ohio Department of Transportation program to update and upgrade bridges over a three-year period.

It's one of 10 municipal bridges slated for work as early as spring 2014.

The bridge on Beechtree Road, crossing Mason Run, is among the projects ODOT has selected for replacement, said Gail Martineau, community-affairs coordinator for Whitehall.

ODOT's Bridge Partnership program provides $120 million to fully fund the rehabilitation or reconstruction of 200 county and 20 municipal bridges in Ohio over the course of three years. The 220 bridges are not part of ODOT's interstate or state highway system but remain under the purview of ODOT, according to a press release from the department.

ODOT has identified 30 county and 10 municipal bridges to be repaired or replaced beginning as early as spring 2014, including the bridge in Whitehall.

The bridge is to be replaced and is believed to have been built in the 1950s, with no major renovations since then, Martineau said.

The project is expected to take three years to complete.

ODOT is funding the entire project, with no local match required, but the cost has yet to be determined.