UPDATE: The Mononghalia County Commission signed an agreement today for the Division of Highways to take over the Hartman Run bridge in Morgantown.
It was the last bridge run by the county.
This agreement stipulates that the county will pay up to $1 million to replace the bridge.
The Hartman Bridge was built in 1951 and is an open-spandrel concrete arch design.
There has not been any word on when the bridge will be replaced or when construction will begin.
ORIGINAL STORY: It took more than 20 years, but Monongalia County said the state will take over the Hartman Run Bridge, also known as the Sabraton Avenue Bridge.
The county offered to fund $1 million toward rebuilding the bridge, if the state took over control.
The department of highways recently agreed to the proposal.
"If I wasn't on camera, I would get up and dance. That's how happy I am. I am elated that we have finally resolved an issue that has lingered with controversy, that has lingered with failed attempts, that has lingered with frustration. We've been able to negotiate it and work it out for the better of the community, and the people that live here" said Bill Bartolo, of the Monongalia County Commission.
It said it could be two years before the construction of the new bridge begins. The estimated cost is $5 million, and will be paid mostly through federal funding.
The bridge was built in 1951 and is an open-spandrel concrete arch design.
According to bridgehunter.com, a 2011 inspection, listed the bridge as structurally deficient with a sufficiency rating of 18 out of 100.
This week, the county chose to paint the bridge.
Monongalia County said there are just a few bridges in the entire state the DOH does not already run.