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05/17/2018

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for Civil Engineering and/or Surveying Students

CEAO’s Board of Directors has established a scholarship program for Civil Engineering and/or Surveying students attending school in the State of Ohio. The intent of the Board is to increase awareness of the County Engineering profession and to encourage students and current county employees to become registered both as a Professional Engineer and as a Professional Surveyor.

Scholarships will be awarded to Civil Engineering and Surveying students at the Junior and Senior level of a Bachelors program and to current county employees who are interested in working toward their dual registration.

The 2018 Scholarship Application should be submitted directly to the CEAO office; selections will be made by the CEAO Scholarship Committee. Official transcripts from any college level courses you have completed must be included. Please return the completed application along with your supporting documentation by June 15, 2018 to:

County Engineers Association of Ohio
Attention: Scholarship Committee
6500 Busch Blvd. Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43229-1738

 


02/28/2018

Holmes County Road 160 project earns award

WINESBURG — A project that caused plenty of grumbling and complaining prior to its completion has proven to be an extremely successful undertaking. 

The Holmes County Road 160 intersection project has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Outstanding Highway Project Award by the Cuyahoga Valley Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) in the under $5 million category. 


02/22/2018

Civil engineering a difficult, but satisfying job for Keaton

Mount Vernon - The field of engineering is intricately woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. 

"If you think about it, anything and everything you think of at some point in time probably had an engineer involved in it," Knox County Engineer Cameron Keaton told the news.


01/31/2018

Ohio ranks among worst states with deficient bridges

Ohio has some of the most structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., according to a new report.

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association released an analysis on Monday that shows Ohio has the 12th-highest number of structurally deficient bridges in the country.


01/31/2018

Summit County OKs $5 motor vehicle license fees hike to pay for bridge, road projects

Starting next year Summit County residents will pay $5 more to register each of their motor vehicles.


01/26/2018

Extreme winter weather means more potholes in Clark County, region

The most severe winter weather in recent years also has produced more potholes on Clark County roads.

“Some counties are saying the potholes are worse this year,” Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman Mandi Dillon said in a statement.


01/26/2018

Utica Shale helps fund road repairs

A new report by Energy In Depth and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) finds that oil and gas operators have paid more than $302.6 million for road, bridge and culvert improvements via the Road Use Maintenance Agreement (RUMA), which is an agreement between operators and counties to ensure road damages by heavy equipment being moved for shale drilling and pipeline work are either prevented or repaired.


01/26/2018

Officials: Mahoning County's pothole-palooza likely to get worse

Potholes have begun to devour many Mahoning County roads, and with wildly varying temperatures, county Engineer Pat Ginnetti said it’s likely to get worse.

“These roads are falling apart,” Ginnetti said.


01/26/2018

County Council holds license fee hearing

Summit County Council took another step toward approving a new fee by holding a public hearing on the proposal at its Jan. 22 meeting.

Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker proposed a $5 license fee last year to help pay for road and bridge repairs. The public hearing was a necessary procedural step in enacting the new fee.


10/12/2017

ARTBA Attends White House Transportation Meetings

ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane and other senior staff made several trips to the White House this week to discuss the Trump administration’s infrastructure package and regulatory reform efforts. Paul Gruner, Montgomery County Engineer in Dayton, Ohio, represented ARTBA at a White House briefing on the administration’s infrastructure package. 


07/27/2017

Fairgrounds’ new entrance comes in a very old package

LISBON — The county fairgrounds can now boast two historical bridges, and the same man was behind both projects that were 45 years apart.


07/25/2017

Rover Pipeline project: 1st line constructed, 2nd could be delayed by federal order

The first of two parallel pipelines running through Richland County is completely constructed, but the second could be delayed by federal order.


07/25/2017

How safe are Butler County roundabouts? New report details results

The Butler County Engineer’s Office says its roundabouts are even safer than the national average as far as preventing crashes.


07/25/2017

Innovative sealing method saves roads and money in Trumbull County

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office is trying out a new process when it comes to chip sealing roads — using recycled asphalt grindings from paving projects in other parts of the county.


06/16/2017

Cornell Robertson named acting Franklin County engineer

Cornell Robertson has been named Franklin County’s acting engineer.


06/06/2017

With little $$, fixing county bridges is like 'putting out fires'

 Athens County has an enormous number of bridges, 335 to be exact, that may well be among the most for a county in Ohio, if not the most. But with increased expenses and decreased funding, it’s near impossible to get ahead of the game when addressing damaged bridges, Athens County Engineer Jeff Maiden explained last week.


06/06/2017

Cost of asphalt limits road resurfacing plans

LISBON –The county engineer’s office will be resurfacing fewer miles of roads this year because more of the effort will focus on asphalt, which is much costlier than chip/seal.


05/24/2017

Commissioners likely to weigh additional license-plate fee

Wood County's commissioners will likely discuss seeking an additional $5 license-plate fee that could generate nearly $750,000 per year for road and bridge work.


05/24/2017

Lucas County official seeks plate fee hike

Lucas County Engineer Keith Earley made a plea to the county commissioners Tuesday for increased vehicle registration fees to fund the rising costs of construction for area roads and bridges.


05/04/2017

Dangerous railroad crossings: Can counties afford to fix them?

DELAWARE — Widening roads to ease congestion is necessary in growing communities. But engineers and public officials face challenges when railroad crossings are in the way. Do they widen around the tracks? Build a bridge over them? Or create a trench underneath?


05/04/2017

Franklin County Engineer Dean Ringle retiring after 17 years in office

Franklin County’s long-time engineer is retiring — and recommending his replacement.

Dean Ringle, 60, has been the county’s elected engineer for 17 years but has worked for the Engineer’s Office for 36 years. “I know I look younger than that,” Ringle joked.


05/04/2017

Franklin County Engineer Dean Ringle leaving post

Dean Ringle is resigning from the Franklin County Engineer's Office after 36 years of employment there, including the last 17 leading it. He'll leave next month to become executive director for the County Engineers Association of Ohio.


05/04/2017

Longtime County Engineer Sharrett to retire after 43 years

Ron Sharrett, the longtime engineer of Vinton County, has announced he will retire next month.


04/25/2017

Local highway department 'starting to take off' with projects

Not for prom or even graduation. And certainly not Christmas. No, it’s the time of year when the Huron County Engineer’s Office and Highway Department is busy with multiple projects.


03/24/2017

Mahoning County engineer: More money needed to fix crumbling roads

YOUNGSTOWN — Raising taxes and fees is never popular, but more money is needed to properly maintain road infrastructure, Mahoning County County Engineer Patrick Ginnetti told the county commissioners today. 


03/23/2017

Holmes engineer rolls out plan to pave roads with sales tax dollars

MILLERSBURG — Holmes County Engineer Chris Young has released the details of the 2017 Paving Plan, the first such paving plan that will incorporate revenue from a five-year 0.25 percent road sales tax approved by Holmes County voters in November 2016.

 

 


03/23/2017

Belmont County Commissioners considering putting license plate fee hike up for levy

A proposed license plate fee hike was addressed during the Belmont County Commission meeting on Wednesday morning.


03/10/2017

County engineer gets money for projects, equipment


03/09/2017

Holmes County voters approve sales tax increase


03/09/2017

Salt reserve taking mild winter in stride


03/09/2017

County engineer reports on Rover pipeline progress


03/09/2017

How a Michigan County Road Got Stuck in Regulation Purgatory


03/06/2017

Belmont County commissioners contemplate license plate fee


03/06/2017

Erie County boasts robust bridge rating


03/06/2017

Engineer: Funds needed for bridge repairs


03/02/2017

Belmont County engineer looking for money to upgrade roads


03/02/2017

County engineer attends Trump address


02/27/2017

Trumbull engineer’s office to have truck washing facility by fall


02/27/2017

Increased license plate fee may be on ballot


02/27/2017

Ditzler to state lawmakers: Get some guts


02/27/2017

Proposed license plate fee increase targets road and bridge improvements


02/22/2017

Cost could soon rise for Ohio driver's licenses, plates


02/21/2017

Using data to drive Licking County road work


02/21/2017

Battle expected over annexation request from Jerome to Dublin


02/17/2017

Boothe addresses concerns with state finance committee


02/17/2017

More than 1,600 Ohio bridges deemed structurally deficient


02/17/2017

Mahoning County Engineer says road improvement budget is tight


02/13/2017

ROADS/BRIDGES: Overpass crumbles onto I-75 median in Bay County, Mich.


02/13/2017

Trumbull County buys four CNG trucks


02/13/2017

Belmont engineer welcomes assistant


02/13/2017

Restoration of county computer data could be weeks away


02/13/2017

Hoagland Bridge Bill Should Pass


02/13/2017

Mahoning County Engineer calls for funding changes


02/13/2017

ROADS/BRIDGES: Governors to submit list of 300 infrastructure projects to Trump administration


02/08/2017

County engineer talks about sagging infrastructure


02/07/2017

Hoagland introduces bill to help bridges


02/06/2017

FUNDING: GOP Senator, House Democrat propose separate highway funding plans


02/02/2017

Senator Brown and colleagues create proposal to rebuild America's infrastructure


01/30/2017

ROADS/BRIDGES: Largest concrete surface in Michigan to be replaced


01/30/2017

Brent Spence Bridge rumored to be second on Trump’s infrastructure priority list


01/30/2017

Senator Brown calls for $1 trillion spending on roads and bridges


01/18/2017

Licking County TID focuses on Jug Street, Ohio 310


01/18/2017

Ohio’s highest bridge opens to traffic after 6 years of construction


01/17/2017

Pothole problem? Report it to road crews


01/17/2017

Busy stretches of Butler County roadway to see changes in 2017


01/11/2017

Legal load limit on most county roads to be reduced


01/11/2017

Vrooman Road Bridge project lawsuit officially dismissed


01/11/2017

Mercer County Engineer completes bridge inspections


01/06/2017

Clark County drivers cautioned as bitter cold to remain


01/06/2017

Corn stalks saving tax dollars, increasing road safety in Franklin County


01/05/2017

Woolpert Contracted to Collect Orthoimagery for Ohio


01/05/2017

County retirees amass more than 100 years


01/04/2017

Surber continues to work with less money


01/03/2017

Beck wraps up seven terms as county engineer


01/03/2017

Lake County commissioners approve settlement agreement with Ruhlin Co. over Vrooman Road bridge project


12/30/2016

City, county and state road warriors prepare for winter


12/30/2016

Shaking in Adams County


12/29/2016

Belmont County Engineer Fred Bennett Hangs Up His Hat


12/21/2016

How cornstalks prevent snowdrifts on Franklin County roads


12/16/2016

Opinions differ on how to fund broken bridge fixes


12/16/2016

The Problem With Our Infrastructure Isn't Lack Of Spending, It's Regulations


12/16/2016

Morrow’s newly elected county officials sworn in


12/16/2016

First snowfall for county


12/16/2016

Two Allen County bridges lose weight limits, open to all traffic


12/14/2016

Clark County road crews prep for cold blasts after first big snowfall


12/14/2016

Ready for more snow


12/12/2016

County prepares for winter weather


12/12/2016

Gas tax increase proposed to fix county roads, bridges


12/12/2016

Clark, Champaign road crews gear up for winter weather


12/12/2016

Roundabout planned near township fire station


12/12/2016

County trucks ready for winter


12/12/2016

Suit still pending in local case pitting roadwork vs. health


12/12/2016

Joe Bachman column: County Engineer's Office funding issues real


12/01/2016

County ready for snow to fly


11/16/2016

Biggest Spike in Traffic Deaths in 50 Years? Blame Apps

The messaging app Snapchat allows motorists to post photos that record the speed of the vehicle. The navigation app Waze rewards drivers with points when they report traffic jams and accidents. Even the game Pokémon Go has drivers searching for virtual creatures on the nation’s highways.


11/16/2016

Butler County communities stockpiling road salt, spending less

Several Butler County communities will be spending $200,000 or more each for road salt this winter and have already stockpiled thousands of tons of salt in preparation for the upcoming winter.


11/15/2016

Pausch testimony before the Joint Legislative Task Force

COLUMBUS - CEAO Executive Director Fredrick Pausch testified today before the Joint Legislative Task Force on Department of Transportation Issues.


11/14/2016

Long-planned Sawmill Parkway extension opens

Delaware County officials began discussing a new route between the county's southern border and the city of Delaware in the late 1980s.


10/26/2016

Historic bridge restored in Monroe County

WOODSFIELD – The Foraker Covered Bridge in Monroe County just received a $215,000 makeover that should keep the historic structure functioning for many more years.


10/17/2016

New gas wells planned for Monroe County

WOODSFIELD — Economic activity in Monroe County is picking up as oil and gas exploration firms seek new land lease/royalty agreements for drilling.


10/12/2016

Dedicated sales tax keeps Delaware County bridges in better repair than most

DELAWARE — Stone Mill bridge, a century old, was being repaired almost annually in recent years, allowing motorists to cross the Olentangy River north of the city.


09/23/2016

Warren County weighs $18 million in road financing for P&G

A Warren County transportation board is planning to finance $18 million to speed up completion of road projects around a Proctor & Gamble expansion expected to bring 1,300 jobs to the county.


09/15/2016

Inadequate Road and Bridge Infrastructure in Farm Country

From the front seat of his Dodge pickup truck, Steve Greene surveys the local roads in Jewell County, Kansas. There are 1,500 miles of county-maintained roads in this north-central Kansas county, where Greene serves as chairman of the county commission. Only 15 miles are paved; 700 miles are rock or gravel. The rest are minimum-maintenance dirt roads, many of which have outdated bridges and are pocked with ruts.


08/26/2016

If Surber says we need - we need it

[Surber's] staff has been cut and his funding is nowhere near where it once was, but he continues to do a magnificent job for the county by finding alternative ways to get the job done.


08/22/2016

Sales Tax Change Could Affect County Revenues

Nothing is certain when it comes to local revenues that run through the state coffers, county officials have learned.


08/19/2016

BRIDGE INSPECTION: Ohio Turnpike Commission to test bridge inspections with drones

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission in September will complete its first bridge inspection using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone.


05/31/2016

Delaware County is fastest growing county in Ohio

Delaware County continues to grow and remains the number one fastest growing county in Ohio.


05/31/2016

Crumbling bridges, cratered roads and leaking metros

America's infrastructure is crumbling.

As millions of Americans head out this holiday weekend, they'll drive on roads that are not in very good shape. The American Automobile Association estimates pothole damage alone costs drivers $3 billion a year. Nearly 1 in 10 bridges nationwide is structurally deficient, meaning that while they are safe to use, they are deteriorating and must be regularly monitored, inspected and maintained.


05/26/2016

Erie County engineers drive $3M for bridge, road upgrades

FLORENCE TWP. — Erie County engineers mapped out a direct route to improve area infrastructure in the most cost-effective manner possible.


05/24/2016

NACE Announces New David P. Brand Safety Award

NACE—along with all our members and partner organizations—continue to keep local road safety in the forefront of our mission. During the Annual Conference, we announced the creation of the David P. Brand Safety Award.


05/03/2016

The worst bridges in the Miami Valley

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Area bridges are literally falling apart in the Miami valley.


03/09/2016

Debate over road cost split delays Warren County development

The developer of the 4,500 home Union Village planned community is balking at a condition sought by Warren County spelling out who will pay for more than $50 million in road improvements around the development.


03/09/2016

County leaders meet with oil and gas company reps to talk road use agreements

When oil and gas companies sign agreements on county roads, they're held to their end of the bargain.  And county leaders keep a close eye on the projects.


03/07/2016

EverPower ready to ask for tax agreement

Project ready to proceed in Hardin County, but Logan County piece hinges on PILOT


03/07/2016

Lucky babies and elections

By Jim Surber, I was struck by a recent headline that seemed radically different from normal. A pronouncement from Warren Buffett in his annual letter to Berkshire-Hathaway shareholders reads in part: "It’s an election year, and candidates can’t stop speaking about our country’s problems (which, of course, only they can solve).”


02/16/2016

Bridges require special care when they travel over protected Ohio waterways

Chris Mullins crawled along the temporary catwalk and peered up at the bottom of the 104-year-old Florence Bridge. He saw only daylight in places where there should have been iron.


02/02/2016

Sharon Budd’s catastrophic ordeal leads to new safety rules for bridge projects statewide

The family of a Lake Township schoolteacher critically injured when a rock was dropped on their car from an overpass has helped push through new state rules to limit the chances such a tragedy could happen to someone else.


07/14/2015

Latest Road and Bridge Data by State Released

Ohio ranks #5 in Structurally Deficient or Functionally Obsolete bridges at 6,647 (24.6%) and 5,300 are county bridges.


04/02/2015

No April Fools' Day Joke: 2,080 of Ohio's Bridges Need Structural Repair, New Analysis of U.S. Department of Transportation Data Finds

WASHINGTONApril 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An analysis of the recently-released 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database finds good news and bad news when it comes to the most heavily traveled U.S. bridges.  The good news is that there are 162 fewer structurally deficient structures in Ohio than there were in 2013.  The bad news is that it means 61,000 structurally deficient bridges across the nation are still in need of significant repair.  And it is a problem that hits close to home.


03/04/2015

Time to Get Moving on Transportation Funding

Each year, I hope that the decisions I make in the legislature help to improve the lives of my constituents, create jobs in my community, and keep Ohio safe, healthy, thriving and economically sound. Though I wish that Ohio had a blank check and unlimited money to invest in the programs that our state needs, that just isn't reality; we have to carefully consider where we invest our limited dollars. After a father of four was tragically killed last month when a bridge collapsed in Cincinnati, it's very clear to me that investing in transportation and infrastructure needs to be a priority at both the state and federal levels.


02/23/2015

Muskingum County Repurposes Steel for Cost-Effective Upgrades to Aging Bridge Inventory

In these times of tight budgets and aging infrastructure, Ohio's Muskingum County has adopted a creative sustainable practice for the replacement of structurally deficient and fuctionally obsolete short span bridges- recycling steel bridge beams.


02/23/2015

Ohio highway funding plan lacks a road map

Ohio kicked off its construction season last year with transportation officials boasting that it would be the largest in the state’s history.


07/18/2014

Ohio counties look for different ways to keep roads safe

With federal highway funding stalled, states are looking for different ways to keep roadways safe and in good repair. For Ohio Public Radio, WVXU’s Tana Weingartner reports that Hamilton County is adding a full-time Weights & Inspections Unit, one of fewer than 30 counties statewide to do so.


04/22/2014

Lt. gov. presents $8.4M plan in support of bridge repairs

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor joined other state and local officials Monday in Lafayette Township to unveil an $8.4 million program that will rebuild bridges in Medina and Lorain counties.

The Ohio Bridge Partnership program provides $120 million for the repair or replacement of more than 200 bridges statewide deemed “structurally deficient.”


11/25/2013

ODOT and local officials announce Ohio Bridge Partnership

State Senator Larry Obhof (R–Medina) joined State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R–Ontario) and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor on Monday to announce bridge improvement projects in Richland County that will be undertaken as part of a new initiative between the Ohio Department of Transportation and local governments.


11/15/2013

Let bridge-repair partnership span all quadrants of the state

Public safety in Ohio received a much needed boost recently when the Ohio Department of Transportation announced it has formed a $120 million partnership with counties and cities in the state to repair or replace 220 structurally deficient bridges over the next three years. 


11/08/2013

Ohio’s Bridge Partnership to invest $120 million in Local Bridges

The Ohio Department of Transportation has launched a new partnership with cities and counties that will fully fund the repair or replacement of locally owned bridges.  Aptly named Ohio’s Bridge Partnership, the first-of-its-kind initiative will invest $120 million in local bridges over the next three years.  More than 200 county and city bridges are expected to be repaired or replaced with work beginning on 40 of them as early as spring 2014. This is really a big deal.  The initiative is important for several reasons.  Let’s take a look.

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07/27/2017

Fairgrounds’ new entrance comes in a very old package

LISBON — The county fairgrounds can now boast two historical bridges, and the same man was behind both projects that were 45 years apart.


07/25/2017

Rover Pipeline project: 1st line constructed, 2nd could be delayed by federal order

The first of two parallel pipelines running through Richland County is completely constructed, but the second could be delayed by federal order.


07/25/2017

How safe are Butler County roundabouts? New report details results

The Butler County Engineer’s Office says its roundabouts are even safer than the national average as far as preventing crashes.


07/25/2017

Innovative sealing method saves roads and money in Trumbull County

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office is trying out a new process when it comes to chip sealing roads — using recycled asphalt grindings from paving projects in other parts of the county.


11/03/2014

VMT fee: The right remedy at the right time?

When the 21st century reaches its half-way point, projected is a U.S. population of 400 million people; that’s up from the 300 million mark reached in late 2006, early 2007, if memory serves me well.


10/21/2014

Ohio Department of Transportation launches partnership with counties, cities on bridge repair projects

This year, the Ohio Department of Transportation launched a partnership with counties and cities to fully fund the replacement or repair of locally-owned bridges.


08/27/2014

Private ‘Sponsorships’ For Roadways To Fund Infrastructure?

Infrastructure investment seems to be a recurring political theme without a definitive solution.  Roads and bridges across the country are in sore need of maintenance, but investment hasn’t kept up with that need.  States have been left to seek creative ways to earn money, and roadway sponsorships are one piece of Ohio’s strategy.


08/26/2014

Ohio Adds 10 Projects to Local Bridge Partnership Program

Ohio’s $120-million Local Bridge Partnership Program is adding ten bridges to a program that is already fixing or replacing 220 bridges in local communities throughout the state.


05/09/2013

Records: Ohio has 2,230 Bridges Needing Repair

DAYTON, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Transportation says that more than 2,200 bridges are structurally deficient statewide — but there isn’t enough money to fix them.

The Dayton Daily News reports that DOT records listed 2,230 structurally deficient bridges, but officials say lack of funding makes it difficult to keep up with repairs.


05/09/2013

Counties Can't Keep Up With Deteriorating Bridges

Ohio Department of Transportation records indicate that 2,230 bridges statewide are rated as structurally deficient, but government agencies say they lack the funds to keep up on repairs.

“There’s not enough money to stay ahead of it,” Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner said. “The more we let them go, the more it costs to replace them, and we need more money to be able to replace them.”

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