MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Monongalia County is offering the West Virginia Division of Highways $1 million to immediately take over a dilapidated bridge.
The County Commission voted Wednesday to offer an initial payment of $500,000 and pay the balance in 2014, after a loan payment from the city of Morgantown.
The DOH has estimated it will cost $5 million to replace the bridge. The Department of Transportation didn't immediately comment on the proposal Thursday.
Commissioner Bill Bartolo says the state should have to absorb the cost of any further delays. He argues it will also be able to use federal funding for the work.
The Dominion Post (http://bit.ly/11g2hbX) says the bridge has a 3-ton weight limit. In 2008, workers strung a net on the underside after a chunk of concrete fell on a vehicle.