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Public wants new two-lane bridge over Great Miami (Audio & video included)

Historic Iron Truss Bridge on CR 21The Logan County Engineer’s Office held a public meeting at the Bloomfield Township building on County Road 21 Wednesday evening.

Roughly 70 people attended the public meeting (pictured right) to discuss the future of the historic iron truss bridge over the Great Miami River. The historic one-lane bridge was built in 1882.

There was overwhelming sentiment for a modern two-lane bridge during the public comments.

The discussion stemmed around building the two-lane bridge to replace the historic one. Another thought was to build the new bridge next to the truss structure.

Pleasant Township Trustee Jeff Schindewolf had a petition with 80-85 signatures on it. Everyone that signed the petition wanted a two-lane.

Some residents wanted to keep or preserve the old bridge. Others discussed selling it to another county and have it moved to another location.

One gentleman expressed there had been $188,000 already spent on plans to preserve the bridge. He felt that money was wasted.

Tim Butler said he’d like to preserve the old historic bridge, but “it’s time to replace the current one with a two-lane bridge”. He added that it is a very icy, slick roadway, one of the slickest in the county.

The cost for a new bridge is estimated to be around $4.3 million.

Coleman talked about how a new bridge could be built.

Coleman speakingOther points of concern for the historic bridge include modern farm equipment not being able to cross it and the daily traffic flow related to local manufacturing plants.

Logan County Commissioner Dustin Wickersham gives his take on the meeting.

An open house was held following the meeting.

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Logan County Engineer Scott Coleman asked for a show of hands as to what they wanted done.

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