W&LE Receives State Grant to Improve Bridge

The Ohio Rail Development Commission has approved a $125,000 grant to the Wheeling & Lake Erie for bridge work in Tuscarawas County.

The project involves improving the clearance of a railroad bridge over a Ohio Route 212 near Bolivar.

The railroad owns the bridge and maintains it. The ORDC grant will be matched by the

Ohio Department of Transportation for a combined state funding share of $250,000.

The project cost is estimated at $503,320. Officials said the bridge to be rebuilt has been struck by vehicular traffic at least 20 times over the past 17 years, including this past June.

“The resolution of this long-running clearance concern will result in a safer experience for the motoring public, as well as enhanced safety for trains on this crucial corridor,” said Mark Svetlich, W&LE’s vice president of engineering.

In other news, the ORDC also approved a grant of up to $91,440 to CASTLO Community Improvement to rehabilitate and paint a railroad bridge in its industrial park in Struthers. CASTLO’s share of the cost is $91,440. The scope of the $182,880 project involves structural steel repairs, painting and related bridge improvements.

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