Oldest Sandusky Co. bridge to get facelift

BALLVILLE, OH (Toledo News Now) - The nearly 100 year old Tindall Bridge in Ballville Township near County Road 132 and Rice Road will be sandblasted and painted, and it is expected to cost more than $1 million.

It has been more than 20 years since the bridge has been painted, and the paint is weathered and worn away. County leaders say painting the bridge will be routine upkeep.

The  project is expected to begin this summer, and wrap up by the end of the year. The one-lane bridge will be closed for a maximum of eight weeks.

Leaders say the work will include stiff environmental precautions, adding to the estimated $1.2 million price tag.

"All of the material has to be captured and recovered. The bridge will be enclosed while its being sand-blasted and being painted. That all adds to the cost." Sandusky County Engineer James Moyer explained.

The county will open bids for the Tindall bridge painting project this week, and 80% of the cost will come from a federal grant from ODOT. The bridge is expected to be painted the traditional white color.

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