DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The Peace Bridge is becoming a handful in more ways than one for the Montgomery County Engineers Office.
"That's the kind of deterioration we have," says County Engineer Paul Gruner as he grabbed a handful of the bridge.
The bridge named to spread peace has only been shedding them lately.
2 NEWS is told it's just one of at least 15 that are considered structurally deficient in the county and nearly 3,000 in the state.
The structurally deficient designation means they need fixed, but the Peace Bridge isn't set for replacement until 2019.
"We should've gotten it replaced sooner than we have but we don't have the funding to do it as soon as we can all the time," Gruner says.
So the engineer's office has spent the last few years patching any holes that develop in the crumbling concrete.
"We have to use a band aid approach," Gruner says.
2 NEWS wanted to know if that approach is enough to make the bridge safe for drivers.
"I don't think there's a big chance we're going to see a collapse here," Gruner says.
Gruner explains that's because the bridges here aren't truss bridges like the one that fell in Washington.
"It's not really likely because of the types of bridges," Gruner says. "Most of the bridges we have are redundant where if one member fails the entire bridge doesn't fail."
But even though he believes the entire bridge won't fall, it still can create its share of problems.
"We have to repair it and if it develops holes in it we have to close it," Gruner says.
That's why Gruner thinks the state and federal governments should put more money toward infrastructure repairs.
He tells us the county has plans to fix at least 50 of its more than 500 bridges in the next ten years but that's
"Our funding hasn't been increased since 1993," Gruner says. "Our buying power is 50 percent of what it's been."
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