Bridge on Slabtown Road to be reconstructed

By Josh Ellerbrock -

SLABTOWN — The Slabtown Road bridge just north of Bluelick Road spanning Sugar Creek will be getting replaced with a wider option this summer.

The Allen County commissioners approved a 20 percent match of the $685,000 project, or $137,000, in order to begin the bidding process.

The majority of the funds, 80 percent, will be paid by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The 50-foot bridge built in 1941 had not yet been load limited, Allen County Engineer Brion Rhodes said, but due to its narrow lanes and the amount of heavy trucks driving on it, the bridge had been bumped up for reconstruction. The new bridge is estimated to be finished by the end of October.

The county is required to check its 377 bridges each year to gauge deterioration. So far this year, the county has closed two bridges on minor country roads after noting significant structural problems.

The county also authorized $125,000 for the deck replacement of a second Slabtown Road bridge in Monroe Township.

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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