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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Repairs for CR 3620 bridge estimated at $8,000

  • A bridge east of St. James that would have cost an estimated $450,000 to replace, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) could be repaired for at least $8,000, if county road crews do the work, according to one engineer.
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  • A bridge east of St. James that would have cost an estimated $450,000 to replace, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) could be repaired for at least $8,000, if county road crews do the work, according to one engineer.
    Mark Huck, of Burns & McDonnell's Kansas City office, was hired to perform a BEAP (Bridge Engineering Assistance Program) study on the County Road 3620 low-water crossing just east of Private Drive 3625.
    After heavy rains, water often covers the crossing over a branch of the Dry Fork Creek, which is fed by a spring. The bridge is "plugged up" and is acting like a dam, commissioners agreed.
    Huck told Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp that the cost for materials to improve the crossing so it doesn't top as much would total about $8,000, plus labor expenses if the county road crews are used.
    Huck's recommendation for the structure is to remove the crossing's center slab, which is undermined, place new interior wells next to the existing walls, set pockets for an I-beam and then pour a new 6-inch concrete slab, Verkamp explained at the Aug. 20 commission meeting. The existing center slab could be broken up to be used as rip-rap.
    "It'd still be a low-water crossing, but not as much," Verkamp said.
    A replacement structure must meet certain requirements, such as being a certain height above the floodplain, which is why a new structure would cost so much more, it was explained.
    "The car county down there doesn't justify $450,000," Verkamp said.
    A study conducted by the county highway department for this crossing lasted one week and had an average of 229 vehicles cross the bridge that week. It highest traffic count was on a Tuesday at 374 vehicles.
    In other business
    •Among the other business conducted by the county commission this pasweek is that the county received three bids from companies for work to repair the HVAC control system at the county jail.
    The bids, which were taken under advisement by the sheriff's office, are Midwest Machinery, of Chesterfield, representing Trend Technology, $67,900; Controlco Inc., East Alton, Ill., representing Johnson Controls, $108,527; and Automation Solutions Group, of Fenton, representing Reliable Controls.
    • The commission by a vote of 2-0 approved two flood permit applications for two Jerome residences — Billy and Carrie Shepherd and James Reagan. Commissioner Gary Hicks was absent Thursday.
    • District One Commissioner Larry Stratman wants to hold a meeting in October with various entities throughout the county to discuss if they have any interest in joining the county on purchasing an emergency mass notification system.
    In July, county officials and sheriff's department personnel watched an online demonstration of a mass notification system by Everbridge.
    At that time, the cost for the entire system was estimated at $14,950, which includes $13,000 for the unlimited system and just less than $2,000 for weather alerts.
    Page 2 of 2 - If the system is purchased, county residents could sign on to receive alerts for various emergencies.
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