WEATHERSFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – A deteriorating 64-year-old bridge on Austintown-Warren Road will be replaced next year, thanks to grant money awarded to Trumbull County Commissioners.
Nearly 4,500 vehicles go over the single-slab concrete bridge in Weathersfield each day.
Officials with the Trumbull County Engineer’s office say it has deteriorated to a point where they will soon have to put a weight restriction on it or close the road, which would affect nearly 3,000 people in Weathersfield.
The $270,000 grant for the project was announced Wednesday. It was awarded by the Ohio Development Services Agency — Office of Community Development.
“With this grant, we will be able to replace this bridge, probably about a year from now, and carry legal traffic for at least another 50-60 years,” said Gary Shaffer, engineer at the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office.
Total cost of the project is $520,000. Other funding is coming from an allocation program and the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office.
Shaffer said he expects the project will be finished by fall of 2017.