Responsibilities of the Allen County Engineer’s Office

The Allen County Engineer’s Office is responsible for the maintenance of Allen County’s local highway system, which includes 353 miles of county roads, 550 miles of township roads.  The County Engineer is also responsible for the inspection, maintenance and replacement of 377 bridges and over 1,400 culverts of various sizes located throughout the county.  To maintain this complex system, the County Engineer works in cooperation with the 12 townships to help perform roadside mowing, snow plowing, drainage improvements and road maintenance.  

brionBrion E. Rhodes, P.E., P.S.
Allen County Engineer

Brion is a graduate of the Ohio Northern University and is both a registered professional engineer and a registered professional surveyor. He has been with the Allen County Engineer’s Office since 1997 and became the Bridge Engineer in 1999 and held that position for 16 years. In 2009, he was awarded…..

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Allen County has an area of 405 square miles and a population of 106,331 (2010 census). The county seat is Lima, Ohio, which lies in the center of the county.

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Shawnee Roundabout Project

The intersection at Shawnee & Ft Amanda Road handles over 14,000 vehicles per day making it the busiest intersection under the Allen County Engineer’s responsibility.  With all the traffic congestion and since it was our #1 crash location for 3 consecutive years, this intersection has remained one of our top priorities.  To solve these issues, the roundabout design was chosen because it provides a safer and more efficient way to handle traffic compared to conventional intersections.

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Recent News

  • Bridge Inspections CompleteBridge Inspections Complete
    It’s spring time again and the Allen County Engineer, Brion Rhodes and his staff have completed the annual inspection of all 377 bridges under the County’s responsibility.  While this is no small feat and takes an entire year to complete, ... full story
  • Outstanding Fair Supporter 2016Outstanding Fair Supporter 2016
    The Allen County Agricultural Society named the Allen County Engineer’s Office as the Outstanding Fair Supporter of the Year for 2016.  Allen County Engineer, Brion Rhodes and his staff have been instrumental in several projects at the fairgrounds. Campground renovations, ... full story
  • Zurmehly Road Truss ReplacedZurmehly Road Truss Replaced
    Earlier this year, the Allen County Engineer’s Office was awarded $586,100 ($310,300 grant and $275,800 loan at 0% for 20 years) from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) to replace the Zurmehly Road Bridge over the Little Ottawa River in ... full story

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