$1.8M Awarded for Work on Market Street Bridge

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Market Street Bridge will receive $1.8 million in preventative maintenance through the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Local Major Bridge Program.

Gov. Mike DeWine and Jack Marchbanks, ODOT director, announced Wednesday that Market Street Bridge is one of 17 bridge projects across the state to share in about $59.5 million for repairs.

Mahoning County Engineer Patrick Ginnetti said the Market Street span is one of the bridges in Youngstown for which his office is responsible. 

He said the project involves removing and replacing lighting, replacing strip seals, new fencing, concrete overlay replacement, repairing and painting structural steel that needs it, repairing piers, making miscellaneous repairs to the drainage system and sealing the concrete substructure. 

The work will be done in fiscal year 2025.

The money being awarded by the state is to support 17 bridge projects in 12 counties as part of ODOT’s Local Major Bridge Program. In 2022, DeWine expanded the definition of a “local major bridge,” which more than quadrupled the number of bridges that qualify for the program. In this round, 11 newly eligible bridges are receiving funding.

“We expanded this program to make an impact on more communities,” DeWine said. “With these funding awards, we’re helping local communities invest in the upkeep or replacement of bridges to ensure that those who cross them are safe.” 

Projects include lift bridge updates, deck replacements, new lighting and fencing, new bridge design, road resurfacing, sidewalks and mechanical and electrical system repairs. 

“Gov. DeWine’s commitment to supporting infrastructure projects allows ODOT to further help our local government partners address critical bridge needs and enhance the overall safety and accessibility of their communities,” Marchbanks said.

To qualify for the program, the bridge must be a moveable/lift bridge or a bridge having a deck area greater than 15,000 square feet. ODOT will fund up to 80% of eligible costs for all phases of the projects receiving awards. 

There is a maximum project cap of $20 million.

Last year, DeWine announced $28 million in funding from ODOT’s Municipal Bridge Program to support local projects to repair, replace or demolish two dozen smaller bridges in Ohio.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.