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Bridge Problem Grows For Belmont County

Nearly half of spans unsuitable for bearing school bus weight

May 24, 2013

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Fred Bennett remembers when the Sand Hill Road bridge in Neffs collapsed into McMahon Creek in 1978 because a cement mixer truck driver did not obey the posted weight limit....

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May-26-13 9:28 AM

original article I read said gasoline taxes were down $100,000 and some thousand dollars yet this licence increase would raise over $500,000. and part of that money would go to cities, towns and townships within the county. WTH. What happened to the gas and oil money from the county leasing the rights from county property? Don't tell me nobody forsaw the over weight traffic that would be using these bridges and roads. What happened to the bond money the coal co. paid to use CR 10 between flushing and lafferty? which was paved before the coal company started useing it. it turned into a horse trail. then the county put so much tar on it it was running off the road like a river and then put gravel on top of that. My neices new car was in the shop for 3 weeks because the stuff built up so bad the wheels would not even turn.

Don't need more money just smarter leadership in charge.

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May-24-13 11:19 PM

The great Interstate Highway System, including the construction of modern bridges and other transportation infrastructure was greatly expanded in the 1950s during the Eisenhower administration. That infrastructure has aged and decayed over the years due to weathering, heavy traffic and a failure to properly maintain it. All-too-many fail to realize how dependent we are on the continuation of this now crumbling system. It literally holds the nation together both politically and economically. Much of it is now beyond its design life. Restoring it will be enormously expensive, but letting it continue to deteriorate will ultimately cost much more.

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May-24-13 8:33 AM

sounds like a gas company problem.let them pay for it.these trucks are what is destroying the roads and bridges.if the taxpayers have to pay for this it should be put off until these trucks are gone.the gas companies are rich and the taxpayers are getting the shaft.the taxpayers have already paid for these roads and bridges and most likely aren't driving anything that weighs even close to what these trucks weigh.they can build their own bridges.

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May-24-13 7:56 AM

Wow! The old bridge story gets pulled out again. Yesterday, the News9 website had a story about those same county commissioners planning to spend millions of dollars on a brand spanking new senior center for Belmont County, but there isn't money to make necessary repairs to roads and bridges.

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