COLUMBUS -  This week, State Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction) introduced legislation investing in local infrastructure throughout Ohio.

Strong infrastructure, including bridges and roads, supports economic development, job creation and improves travel on Ohio's roadways. Ohio is second in the nation, having over 26,000 bridges throughout the state. The American Road and Transportation Builders Association estimated, in 2015, that of those 26,000 over 1,800 are structurally deficient and over 4,200 that are functionally obsolete.

"The condition of our roads and bridges is an ongoing concern for the people of Ohio," said Hoagland. "This legislation addresses these concerns and will bring viability to local communities and businesses and help improve the quality of life for all Ohioans affected by failing infrastructure."

Ohio's temporary Bridge Partnership Program (BPP), intended to assist local governments in bridge repair, has already benefitted a number of communities throughout Ohio, including the residents of eastern and southeastern Ohio. This program is set to expire at the end of June 2017.  

Senate Bill 6 will codify and make permanent the standards set by Ohio's Bridge Partnership Program, which is a cooperative effort between ODOT and local municipalities. No local match is required for local jurisdictions to be eligible for funding under the proposed legislation.

Senate Bill 6 will now go to the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee for further consideration.


 
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