By Jeremy Wallace
MIAMI COUNTY — Officials in Miami County learned about upcoming road projects during an annual road meetng Thursday.
Miami County Engineer Paul P. Huelskamp, PE, PS, started the meeting by discussing improvements made during 2013, followed by projects and programs on tap for 2014 and beyond.
The Miami County Engineers and Highway Garage are responsible for maintaining 425 miles of highway and use a preventative maintenance program to prolong the life of highway pavement.
“Throughout the past year we worked diligently to maintain our county roadway system at a level of maximum efficiency,” Huelskamp said.
Mike Fitch, program manager of Ohio LTAP (Local Technical Assistance Program) with the Ohio Department of Transportation, spoke about the training program. LTAP provides training and technical assistance for township and other local agency employees who maintain public roadways.
“We try to get out to all 88 counties in Ohio to provide updates and training services that LTAP provides,” Fitch said.
Randy Chevalley, District 7 Deputy Director, also discussed the 2014 budget for Miami County.
“The one thing I have always enjoyed is coming to this meeting because it’s a great opportunity to share what we’re doing,” Chevalley said.
Some of the future projects for Miami County include:
•The reconstruction and widening of County Road 25-A from Country Club Road to Looney Road and this is a joint project with the city of Piqua. The cost is $2.7 million and a projected completion date by July 2014.
•Repaving County Road 25-A from Donn Davis Way to the Troy corporation limit. The estimated cost of this project is $887,000.
•Eldean Road reconstruction project will raise the existing bridge (which is hit two to three times a year) to provide increased clearance. Eldean Road also will be widened from two lanes to three at a cost of $3.6 million.
•Casstown-Sidney Road Bridge and Rudy Road Bridge will be upgrade to replace existing steel beams with pre-stressed concrete beams. This program has been approved for 100 percent funding through the Ohio Bridge Partnership program, so no local funds will be used for engineering, planning or construction. The Casstown bridge work is planned for 2015 and Rudy Road Bridge in 2016.