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Road Program

One of the Allen County Engineer’s routine Spring activities is the annual review of county and township road conditions. The Allen County Engineer oversees 353 miles of county roadway, while the 12 Allen County townships oversee a combined 550 miles of township roads. County and township officials are reviewing the pavement conditions of Allen County township and county roads currently.  Once condition ratings are established, these agencies meet to prioritize which roads need to be fixed with the limited resources available.

A meeting of all township trustees, the Allen County Engineer and Allen County Commissioners is held every year towards the beginning of Spring. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and finalize the Road Programs for township, village and county road work in Allen County. At the upcoming meeting, County Engineer Brion Rhodes will review the planned road work for the county, twelve townships and six villages.

Annual Bridge Inspections Complete

Just as the cycle of seasons come and go, so do the annual bridge inspections for the 377 bridges under the responsibility of the Allen County Engineer Brion Rhodes and his staff.  This task takes an entire year to complete, with some structures receiving more attention than others.  Twenty of these bridges are designated “fracture critical” and require an additional biennial inspection, where each bridge is more thoroughly examined.  Additionally, 38 of the current structures have weight limits and four are currently closed.  The weight limited bridges and those with wooden decks are checked several times per year.  Regardless of the type of bridge, rest assured, the Allen County Engineer is dedicated to maintaining safe bridges for all of the motorists of Allen County.

Permissive Tax Fees Increased

While labor, equipment and material costs rise on an annual basis, the major funding sources for roads and bridges in Allen County haven’t increased in decades.  For example:  Allen County residents have not seen an increase in permissive license plate fees since its inception in 1968 (50 yrs).  Ohio license plate fees haven’t increased since 1988 (30 yrs), the federal gas tax has not increased since 1993 (25 yrs) and the Ohio gas tax hasn’t increased since 2005 (13 yrs).

Realizing the poor condition and need for repairs to our roads and bridges, on June 28, 2018, the Allen County Commissioners agreed to increase the permissive license plate fees for Allen County residents.  This permissive license plate fee was increased by $5 to all Allen County residents when license plates are renewed after January, 2019.   In addition, county residents outside of Lima or Spencerville will see an additional $5 fee for the same purpose.  Residents inside Lima and Spencerville have already been charged this fee for municipal upgrades for years and therefore will not be affected.  These increased fees are expected to generate about $740,000 annually and can only be used for road and bridge improvements according to law.