Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart announced recently that the yearly bridge inspections of Mercer County’s 394 bridges on township and county roads have been completed. Engineer Wiechart and County Bridge Supervisor T. J. Smalley completed the inspections before the end of 2016.
“Bridge inspection is completed annually for several very important reasons. First our bridge maintenance/work orders are generated directly from our yearly inspections. Secondly, decisions on future bridge replacements/rehabilitations are made as a result of the condition ratings garnered from the inspection. Third and most importantly, we inspect them to protect the public that uses them each day.” In Ohio, the professionally licensed and elected County Engineer manages and oversees bridge inspections on township and county roadways. Any questions, concerns about bridges may be directed to the engineer’s office.