Beaver Creek bridge work still on hold

Less than two weeks after stakeholders in the County Road 5240 bridge project met to address concerns regarding the crossing’s slope, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) officials are now suggesting that certain items be addressed before bridge work resumes.

Dennis Brady, MoDOT senior construction inspector, spoke with Phelps County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday morning about the bridge over Beaver Creek south of Rolla.

Brady presented the commission with a list of items that should be requested from the project consultant, Great River Associates, and the general contractor, Brenneke Construction, LLC.

Among his requests are a new work schedule with a completion date of the project, a cold weather plan for pouring concrete, mechanical drawings of the beams, a list of additional materials needed to address the slope, the cost-share agreement between Great River and Brenneke to fix the slope and a change order that reflects no cost to the county before work begins again.

All three commissioners agreed to write a letter to the consultant, asking for these items.

At the Nov. 15 commission meeting, representatives from MoDOT, Brenneke and Great River Associates met with commissioners to come up with a solution to a higher-than-anticipated slope on the bridge.

The center pier of the bridge being constructed is about 10 inches higher than the end piers and there is an approximate 2 percent slope from either end to the middle of the bridge, according to Spencer Jones, of Great River Associates.

Jones said Brenneke used the consultant’s plans when constructing the piers, but the plans had a discrepancy in the elevations and dimensions.

It was decided at the Nov. 15 meeting that the beams should be taken off and the center pier should be lowered by cutting off part of the cap at the top of the center pier, which would lower the middle pier by about a foot.

District Two Commissioner Larry Stratman asked Tuesday if this fix would affect the lifespan of the bridge, but Brady said the lifespan would be the same as when it was designed. Officials hope the bridge lasts close to 100 years.

Stratman also said he was concerned that Jones would not be able handle the additional expenses for the fix out of his own pocket.

“We want it done right. It still needs to be done right,” Stratman said. He thanked Brady for bringing the requests to the commission.

It also was noted that barricades around the project site are being moved, which is only allowed by the contractor, not others, stakeholders said.