Bridge projects planned for 2014

Construction of four bridges to cost about $600K.
Andy Ouriel
Dec 14, 2013
Erie County engineers plan to oversee construction of four bridges, collectively totaling about $600,000, across the area in 2014.

The upgrades piggyback off of officials improving seven bridges this year, which also totaled about $600,000.

“We shoot for that number each year,” Erie County project engineer Matt Rogers said.

The engineer’s office receives about $4 million a year from motor-vehicle gas taxes and vehicle registrations. It’s the largest funding source for the department, and bridge projects are typically funded solely by this money.

Commuters shouldn’t fret about the state of Erie County’s bridges.

No bridge maintained by county engineers ranks lower than a “5,” which translates into a fair ranking, based on state transportation standards.

In short, every bridge maintained by county officials is safe to travel on today.

“None of our bridges are structurally unsafe” Rogers said.

County engineers, however, want to address upgrading bridges as soon as possible, well before they crumble and while funding is available.