The Auglaize County commissioners spent much of Tuesday afternoon checking out several county projects with Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart.
Reinhart showed the commissioners four projects in various stages of development and provided updates to the commissioners as they traveled along to get a visual understanding as the projects are completed.
“Sometimes its easier for them to take a look at the projects and see what is going on,” Reinhart said.
An access point will be built across a creek near the Neil Armstrong Airport at New Knoxville to allow access to agricultural land by a farmer living on land adjacent to the airport.
An existing bridge has deteriorated to the point where it no longer can be used, Reinhart said. Instead, a drive-thru access lane will be built through the creek, which should be easier to maintain.
Abutments are currently being built on the east side of K.C. Geiger Park in St. Marys to provide better access to a recently constructed soccer field at the park.
Currently, the only access to the field is through residential areas. St. Marys city officials plan to put a 50-foot steel walking bridge across the canal to provide access to the field.
“We are putting steel piling 22- to 24 foot deep into the ground and a concrete cap,” Reinhart said of the abutments. “The city plans to put a pre-manufactured steel bridge connecting the park across the canal.”
A concrete bridge across St. Marys-Kossuth Road will be replaced and elevated.
Reinhart said the bridge was built in 1979 and is frequently closed in bad weather due to flooding.
He said the road will be elevated by approximately a foot.
“We have to close that road three or four times a year because of flooding,” Reinhart said. “We will replace the deck and reconstruct the roadway. It should help in lowering how often we have to close it due to the flooding.”
The projected is estimated to cost $85,000.
The commissioners also viewed a recently completed reconstruction of a tile and grass waterway at the Haruff Ditch project north of Uniopolis.
The tile, which was installed originally in 1903, collapsed and was causing flooding problems in the area. Area residential and agricultural land owners were assessed the cost for the $50,000 project. The tile drains approximately 350 acres.