The city of Wichita Falls just learned their application for funding to rehabilitate a 126-year-old city structure was rejected. The Ohio Street Bridge was built in Cleveland, Ohio. It was dedicated on July 4th, 1886 but was then closed to traffic in 1972 because of unsafe structural conditions.
In November, councilors gave their approval for city staff to move forward with a grant application to request funding from TXDOT. City of Wichita Falls Transportation Director John Burrus says TXDOT denied giving money for the project because they wanted a concrete set of plans for a new bridge.
Burrus says city leaders are now looking at other ways such as use of federal grant money to fix up the bridge.