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Commissioners to consider potential tax increase Friday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — A potential tax increase is up for discussion that would raise money for maintaining the county’s bridges.

The Allen County Board of Commissioners is considering reestablishing a bridge tax. This comes after several weeks of public meetings to try to figure out how to pay for bridge maintenance.

ABC21 previously reported that new federal bridge safety guidelines lowered the load or weight limit classifications on many bridges because they have been deemed unfit to handle the weight of heavier vehicles.

READ MORE: New bridge safety standards forcing emergency responders to seek alternate routes

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association report that of the 19,291 bridges in the state, 1,435 are classified as structurally deficient, meaning a key element is in poor or worse condition.

Allen County has two of the most traveled structurally deficient bridges in the state, according to the association. These are located on I-69 over Graham McCullough Ditch and Bluffton Rd over St Marys River.

The county highway department maintains bridges in the county except for those in Fort Wayne and New Haven. City government took over responsibility for those bridges in 2017.

Jacob Burbrink

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