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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • County looks at summer bridge project

  • The Phelps County Commission is trying to put things in motion to meet their goal of completing a bridge replacement project on County Road 5240 south of Rolla this summer.


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  • The Phelps County Commission is trying to put things in motion to meet their goal of completing a bridge replacement project on County Road 5240 south of Rolla this summer.
    "We've got to get on somebody's timetable," Phelps County Commissioner Larry Stratman said.
    The bridge crosses Beaver Creek, and the commission has been developing plans to replace it since 2010.
    Initially, the commissioners were hoping to begin construction in the fall of 2011, but those plans were pushed back to allow for the completion of another bridge project which replaced the old one-lane bridge leading to the entrance of Boys and Girls Town with a two-lane bridge.
    The commission was negotiating a trade for federal matching dollars with Greene County to complete the grant requirements to pay for the new bridge and are waiting to hear from engineers if that trade has been finalized.
    Once the trade is finalized, the county will be ready to go out for bids from contractors and schedule a date to begin construction.
    In other news, Phelps County Clerk Carol Bennett announced that the portable radio system purchased for Rolla Fire and Rescue Department by Phelps County Emergency Management through a Homeland Security grant program have arrived and are ready to be picked up at Meramec Regional Planning Commission.
    A decision was also made regarding asphalt bids, which were received several weeks ago and tabled.
    With the exception of one type of asphalt, Phelps County Road Superintendent Walter Snelson will be bidding the products by phone each month in an effort to secure the best price as oil prices fluctuate.
    Phelps County clerk Carol Bennett also updated the commissioners on her efforts to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the cost of road repairs associated with a flood two years ago. The county has received partial payment, and Bennett is optimistic that the remaining monies will be distributed soon.

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