2009-04-18 / Editorials & Letters

More support for Fairfield County bridge, road levy

Editor:

I cannot stress how important voting YES on the upcoming Issue 1, Bridge and Road Levy is to the citizens of Fairfield County. This is a renewal and passing it WILL NOT raise your taxes. This is important to all citizens of Fairfield County including those in the cities and villages.

There are 341 Bridges, 2776 culverts and 362 miles of road this levy helps to maintain. Thirty-eight of these bridges are in the cities and villages of Fairfield County. Without these bridges and culverts the road network of Fairfield County would become dysfunctional. Emergency services such as fire, ambulance and police as well as everyone else would not be able to get from point A to Point B.

If the average life of a bridge is 100 years, then approximately four bridges will need to be replaced per year to maintain a 100 year cycle. This is a long time to make anything last. If the average life of a bridge is 75 years then approximately five bridges will need to be replaced per year. The culverts must also be replaced as they wear out and the roads must be paved on a regular cycle.

Without this levy the County Engineer cannot keep up with the needed bridge and culvert replacements let alone the paving. This levy only costs about $1 per month for a $100,000 homeowner, which is less than the cost of a cup of coffee these days. This is a small price to keep our road network functional.

Jeffrey M. Baird, P.E., P.S. Chief Deputy Engineer Fairfield County Engineer's Office

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