County applies for Oberlin Road resurfacing, bridge replacements

By Jonathan Delozier -

Major bridge and road projects could be coming next summer to Oberlin, Pittsfield, and Wellington.

The Lorain County engineer’s office recently applied for two bridge replacements with the Ohio Public Works Commission. One is for Jones Road in Wellington and the other is for Kipton Nickel Plate Road. It also asked for funding for resurfacing of Oberlin Road.

Each year the Ohio Public Works Commission makes funds available to different districts, said assistant county engineer Robert Klaiber. We’re in District 9 and that includes Lorain, Medina, and Huron counties.

Jones Road has two bridges that are set to be replaced, with an estimated project cost of $198,400. The OPWC has been asked to cover $145,000 of that while the remainder would come from motor vehicle gas tax accounts.

Kipton Nickel Plate’s bridge will cost $350,000 to replace, and $311,000 is being requested from the OPWC. The remainder of that cost would also come from gas taxes.

Oberlin Road resurfacing is the biggest project and is expected to carry a $1.1 million price tag. The OPWC would take care of a little more than $1 million of that while the city of Oberlin and gas taxes would help with the rest.

“All projects are just based on condition,” said Klaiber. “The bridges need to be replaced based on the annual inspections and the Oberlin Road job is resurfacing. If we let it go too long without resurfacing we could be looking at reconstruction in the future.”

Klaiber said the deadline to apply for grants and loans through the OPWC was Sept. 2. If the projects are approved the funds would become available next July.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

By Jonathan Delozier