|Bridge Construction 2017
Livingston County has contracted to build two new replacement bridges this year.
One bridge is a 60-foot long bridge about a quarter mile west of Third Street on road 256. Chester Bross Construction was the low bidder for the project at $247,367, and the contracted completion date is September 1 of this year. This is a BRO Bridge which means that we are able to use Federal money for 80% of the cost (we receive approximately $200,000 per year of federal money for bridge replacement). The other 20% of the cost is paid for by the county in either cash or what is known as "soft match," which means we can use a credit for money the county has already spent on bridges in the past.
C-t Photo / Jaime Saucedo 07 06 17
The second bridge we have contracted to replace is a 55-foot long bridge on road 269 about three miles from Chula (east on KK then south on 269). This bridge is one that our county is paying 100% for, which will produce "soft match" money for future bridges. MS Contracting was the low bidder on this project at $119,797, and the completion date is November 1st of this year. We have requested that they finish this bridge as soon as possible to help farmers during harvest, and the contractor has indicated that, with favorable weather, he hopes to be done several weeks before the deadline.
We have in our plans to build a new bridge on road number 235 next year in 2018 which is not far from the bridge off the Third Street bridge mentioned above. Road number 235 runs perpendicular to road 256 into old highway 36. Our county has nearly 400 bridges, 200 of which are eligible for BRO funds based on a federal eligibility requirement for those that are 20-feet or more in length. We have another approximately 200 bridges shorter than 200-feet. These smaller bridges are replaced as needed, when affordable, by our bridge crew. Sometimes the replacement for these smaller bridges can simply be a metal tube rather than an entire bridge.
Decisions in which bridge to replace are based on a number of factors. We use the MO Dept of Transportation inspection and rating reports on the conditions of the larger BRO bridges to help us determine which have the highest priority for replacement. Additionally, we look at the need for a particular bridge, using factors such as estimated daily traffic volume and whether the bridge is used by school buses and mail trucks. Unfortunately, funding restrictions only allow us to replace a couple of the longer bridges each year; but once they are replaced, they should last for many years to come.
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