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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • County seeks engineers for CR7050 bridge

  • Phelps County Commissioners are looking for qualified consulting firms to perform professional engineering services for a bridge west of Rolla that failed in mid-July.
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  • Phelps County Commissioners are looking for qualified consulting firms to perform professional engineering services for a bridge west of Rolla that failed in mid-July.
    Earlier this month, the commission sought to apply for the use of their federal Bridge Replacement Off-System (BRO) funds under an emergency situation to replace the County Road 7050 bridge, located off County Road 7000, less than a mile south of Martin Springs Drive/South Outer Road.
    That request under the emergency situation was approved, commissioners learned this week.
    On Tuesday, the commission unanimously approved a motion to ask engineering firms to send statements of qualifications to the county clerk's office by Oct. 17.
    The proposals will be opened at 10 a.m. that day during the commission meeting and the bidders will be ranked based on their experience and technical competence, capacity and capability and past record of performance.
    Construction of a replacement bridge over Little Beaver Creek is estimated at $200,000, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).
    By applying for the funds under an emergency situation, Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp said his hope is that the county can use its own forces for the construction work.
    Commissioners said Tuesday that they feel it's a safe bet that a new bridge will not be built before winter.
    There are about 17 residences along County Road 7050 and since a cell in the bridge failed July 12, the weight limit has be reduced to 3 tons, not enough for a fire truck, school bus, trash hauler or a liquid petroleum delivery truck to cross.
    In other
    business
    • Also at Tuesday's commission meeting, floodplain development permits were approved for Gary and Leona Barr, John N. Smith and Patrick Kelly.
    • The commission approved a contract for the Phelps/Maries County Health Department's Missouri Community-Based Home Visiting Program for an amount not to exceed $39,000.•Commissioners also approved a contract for the health department's childcare health consultation program for an amount not to exceed $9,196.60.
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