Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick told county commissioners of county road damage estimates of an estimated $20 million

T-L Photo/MIRANDA SEBROSKI Monroe County Commissioner Tim Price listens in during Monday’s meeting in Woodsfield.

WOODSFIELD– Roads continue to be a major concern in Monroe County.

At Monday’s Monroe County Commission meeting, Engineer Amy Zwick discussed damage estimates for roads in the county that have been sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Zwick said the roads there have seen an estimated $20 million in damage from emergency situations such as flooding. She also has provided a $5 million damage report to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine declared Monroe County and 19 other counties in a state of emergency over the roads.

“Many of these counties were still recovering from last year’s severe flooding when they were hit hard yet again,” DeWine said. “This is a key step in getting these 20 counties the assistance they need.”

Zwick said there also is an issue with two bridges that need fixed and multiple slips on Sunfish Creek Road, located in Beallsville.

“The issue is, we can not fix the slips because equipment needs to get across the bridges to fix them,” Zwick said. “We may have to post a 12-ton weigh limit, but then there is the issues of buses and emergency services not being able to get through.”

Commissioners discussed changing the county’s license plate fee so funding could go back into the engineer’s fund for road maintenance and repair.

The public can attend meetings on the matter at 10 a.m. April 8 during the commissioners’ meeting at and at 6 p.m. April 15 at the engineer’s office.

In other news for the engineer’s office, applications are being accepted for summer employees. Duties include, but are not limited to, flagging, weed eating, and sign installation. The applications can be received from the engineer’s office at 47134 Moore Ridge Road in Woodsfield.

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