MOUNT VERNON — Knox County commissioners approved a Bridge Inspection Services agreement Thursday in the amount of $18,700 with John Wackerly Inspection, LLC of Columbus.

The agreement states that all inspections must be completed by Oct. 30 of this year unless the date is extended through mutual agreement from both parties. It is signed by John Wackerly; county commissioners Thom Collier, Teresa Bemiller, and Bill Pursel; county Engineer Cameron Keaton; and a county assistant prosecutor from county Prosecutor Chip McConville’s office.

The agreement requires inspection of 275 bridges at a rate of $60 per bridge, and $200 per steel truss. It includes “visual inspection and probing where needed.” Wackerly Inspection must provide an invoice for half the cost after 150 bridges have ben inspected. The agreement gives the county the right to terminate the agreement for any reason and required to pay only for those inspections that have been completed.

  • Joshua Morrison/News A $1.1 million bridge replacement project will result in a new bridge on Parrott Street that includes a pedestrian/bike lane on the north side of the bridge. The county project will be completed in 2019.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Sycamore Road, west of Brandon, was closed recently for bridge replacement in preparation for road resurfacing. The county road is maintained by the Knox County Engineer’s office, which is asking for an increase in vehicle tags to help fund county bridge and road projects.
  • The bridge on Magers Road, outside of Howard, remains closed, after being labeled functionally obsolete in 2017. It is one of 21 such bridges in Knox County. United States Senator Sherrod Brown is currently working on ways for local governments to receive money for infrastructure projects.

There are penalties of $10 per day up to $100 for late inspection reports.

Reports must be completed in accordance with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Bridge Inspection Manual.

The reports must include “brief descriptions of major deficiencies and photographs to show major deficiencies.” Digital photos are to be provided on a flashdrive.

Wackerly Inspection is to “report immediatey any obvious condition, which is believed to be a danger to life or property, and that requires emergency action to provide necessary protection.”

All inspection data must be placed into ODOT’s Structure Management System, and “shall be furnished, assembled and bound.”

The agreement also requires summaries for the in-place status of load posting and traffic safety signs, bridge maintenance items, and list all structures with a sufficiency rating less than 50 points.

In other action, commissioners;

•Authorized the employment of attorney Kelley A Gorry, of the Rich & Gillis Law Group, as legal counsel to assist the county auditor.

Counsel is to involve appeals of actions of proceedings before the Board of Revision to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, the Knox County Common Pleas Court, and/or the Fifth District Court of Appeals. Such legal counsel involves tax-related appeals for private property owners and commercial property owners, county Administrator Jason Booth said.

•Approved a utility permit from Century Link for 2996 Croton Road in Hilliar Twp. for telecommunications multiple service/line extension and/or new line construction.


Larry Di Giovanni: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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