3rd county bridge, on Crabb Road, closed due to age


LIMA — A small bridge on Crabb Road just north of the Auglaize County Line in Perry Township has been closed by the Allen County Engineer’s Office after increased deterioration was found during the department’s annual inspection efforts.

The 18-foot-long steel structure will need to be replaced before the road is reopened. The $150,000 to $200,000 cost to construct a new bridge will be paid out of the county’s budget when the necessary funds become available.

The Crabb Road bridge, built in 1946, is one of three bridges closed and in need of replacement in Allen County. The others are located on Fisher Road in Jackson Township and Wentz Road north of Cairo, which was closed two weeks ago for similar deterioration reasons. Nine county bridges also have had their load limits lowered.

Allen County Engineer Brion Rhodes said more bridges will be in need of major repairs or replacement in the coming years as the county’s bridges, many of them built in the ’50s and ’60s, outlasts past their expected 50-year lifespans. Out of 377 bridges in the county, 75 are at least 50 years old.

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