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Auglaize County Working on 19 New Bridge & Rehab Projects in 2016

Auglaize County officials say they will complete 19 new bridge and rehab projects this year. Auglaize County officials say they will complete 19 new bridge and rehab projects this year.
County Engineer Andrew Baumer says each Winter they cast the beams needed for all their projects to make the process quicker once construction starts. County Engineer Andrew Baumer says each Winter they cast the beams needed for all their projects to make the process quicker once construction starts.

Thanks to work done this Winter, Auglaize County officials say they will complete 19 new bridge and rehab projects this year.

Construction is currently underway to replace beams on a bridge off East Shelby Road in Minster that was originally built in 1969. County Engineer Andrew Baumer says each Winter they cast the beams needed for all their projects to make the process quicker once construction starts.

Baumer says this bridge will hold about three times the legal load limit.  

He estimates this project around $84,000 and says using an outside contractor could cost them double or even triple the price. "If we wouldn't cast ourselves we would have to contract them or have a third party build them for us, and it saves us time, it saves us a lot of money, plus it keeps all of our crews busy," said Baumer, "And as far as construction closure time, it keeps the public happy because the roads are closed for a lot shorter amount of time."

Baumer says the Minster bridge will open at the beginning of next week. He says that bridge closed last Monday, so it will be closed for a total of about three and a half weeks. 

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