Created on Friday, 01 November 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio transportation officials want to fix or replace about 200 county and city-owned bridges over the next three years.
State Transportation Director Jerry Wray said Thursday about $120 million in federal money is expected to be spent on maintenance or repairs to local bridges.
Work is expected to begin on the first 40 bridges next year. Ohio's transportation department then plans to work with local officials to identify bridges that could use an update or overhaul.
Next year's projects were picked based on factors that included the safety of their structure and whether the bridges were currently open to traffic.
The state transportation department says Ohio has about 44,000 bridges of 10 feet or longer, second most in the nation behind Texas.