Jared Knerr, P.E., P.S.

Licking County Engineer's Office
20 S 2nd St., Newark, OH
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Staddens Bridge Rd Bridge Project

UPDATE 2/8/2019:
Construction is scheduled to begin on February 11th to demolish the damaged bridge at Staddens Bridge Road in eastern Licking County and start the construction of the new replacement bridge. According to Licking County Engineer Jared Knerr, the first element of the project will be the demolition of the damaged 43-year old span, as well as removing both current and old pilings, from the previous bridge, from the Licking River channel.
Engineer Knerr and the Licking County Commissioners confirm the design and planning is complete, and the contractor for the $1.9-million project will be Armstrong Steel Erectors of Newark. Officials are aware the flood damage to and closure of the span continues to be a major inconvenience to residents and businesses in the region.
According to the County Engineer and the contractor, the timetable for the replacement project calls for completion in September 2019 with weather and conditions permitting. The expected length of life for this new 250-foot bridge is 50 to 75-years, as it will benefit from new and deeper piers, and galvanized steel bridge elements.
In February, a causeway will be constructed in the river channel as a part of the pier removal and bridge demolition. The County cautions recreational boaters to obey posted warnings in that ‘work zone’ area of the Licking River.
Financing for this nearly $2-million project was arranged between the Engineer and the Commissioners with a combination of existing and borrowed funds.
   

UPDATE 1/14/2019:  The Licking County Engineer announced that construction will begin on the Staddens Bridge Road Bridge Replacement Project on or around February 1, 2019 and will continue for 6-9 months (weather permitting).  Boaters are being advised to pay close attention, avoid the construction area, and obey the work zone on and around Staddens Bridge Road.

8/28/2018:  Planning Continues for Replacement of the Flood Damaged Staddens Bridge Road Bridge in 2019

The 250-foot span over the Licking River at Staddens Bridge Road in eastern Licking County has been closed since April.  Its structural integrity was compromised by flooding and tons of heavy debris that built up against the structure.  Licking County Engineer, Jared Knerr permanently closed the aging and damaged structure as a matter of public safety, and established detour routes. Licking County officials appreciate that this unexpected closure continues to be a major inconvenience to residents and businesses in the region.

Since the damage this past spring, Engineer Knerr and the Licking County Commissioners have been working toward a replacement project for what is a typically heavily used span.  New and updated geo-technical research is being done at the site, and an engineering and design firm was engaged to plan for a replacement for the Staddens Road Bridge.

Engineer Knerr confirms that the design and planning for the new bridge is almost complete, with just some final touches and verifications to be added.  The first element of the project will be the demolition of the damaged 43-year old span, as well as removing both current and old pilings, from a previous bridge, from the Licking River channel.

The most difficult aspect of this replacement project is putting together a financing package which is anticipated to be some $2-million to clear the channel and build the new bridge.  Engineer Knerr and County Commissioner Duane Flowers, Rick Black and Tim Bubb are working on a number of funding options, and possible grants or low interest loans.  The funding effort is a challenging and on-going effort.

The plan going forward, according to the Engineer and the Commissioners is to put the project out for public bid this winter in anticipation of the 2019 project.  An exact timetable for the bidding process has yet to be established.  As the funding plan is finalized and the bidding conducted, it is anticipated the construction of the new Staddens Bridge Road Bridge will be complete in late 2019. The Commissioners and the Engineer will continue to update the community in the weeks ahead as this emergency bridge  replacement project moves forward.


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