L.S. Council working with County on bridge
Wed, 09/16/2020 - 1:05pm admin
Marcie Klomp ~ News Editor email@example.com
LIME SPRINGS - Howard County Engineer Nick Rissman attended the Sept. 1 Lime Springs City Council meeting to discuss the Merrill St. bridge.
The Council closed the bridge to traffic over five tons. Bolton & Menk, the City engineering company, performed a condition assessment on Feb. 5 and discovered the structure has severe deterioration. It was closed on April 7.
Rissman explained the board of supervisors has authorized the County to help with building a new bridge. “We would do the survey with our survey equipment,” he said. “Brian [Malm of Bolton & Menk] would do the design work. If we can do the work from the design, we could use bridge crew day labor and use our equipment.”
Once the design is complete and the County is able to do the work, a 28E agreement would need to be formed. “We would be offering day labor and equipment. We are not bidding the job. We can survey in the next couple of weeks.” Rissman added the County can only help with Farm-to-Market roads.
The City will know more about what the cost of the bridge would be after the design plans are drawn up.
If all goes well, work on the bridge could possibly start next year.