A river trouble spot will be more abiding in the near future.
A Norfolk Southern railroad bridge that crosses the Blanchard River in Findlay, Ohio, will now be replaced after the town received federal funding. The new span will help flood mitigation efforts. A Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant will provide $7.1 million for the project. The amount will cover 80% of the total cost.
The 100-year-old, 150-ft-long bridge will be replaced with a 300-ft-long structure that will improve the flow of the Blanchard River at the site. Project Manager Steve Wilson said the new bridge would reduce the 100-year flood elevation by 0.4 ft immediately upstream.
Construction is expected to start in late 2022. Plans should get the OK by the end of March 2022.