While Phelps County Commissioners have expressed interest in using recycled or repackaged steel for a new bridge to replace the crossing that failed on County Road 7050, that decision will likely be left up to the engineer chosen for the project.
County officials are currently in the process of seeking qualified consulting firms to perform professional engineering services on the bridge, located off County Road 7000, less than a mile south of Martin Springs Drive/South Outer Road.
Some firms have attended commission meetings, expressing interest in being the county's consultant on the project and asking clarification questions.
Statement of qualifications from interested firms are due by Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. At that time, they will be opened and reviewed. The bidders will be ranked based on their experience and technical competence, capacity and capability and past record of performance.
Tuesday, the commission approved an agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to include the bridge project in the Bridge Replacement Off-System (BRO) program.
During discussion of the project, District Two Commissioner Gary Hicks said that the commission had been approached about and have been researching using repackaged or recycled steel beams for a replacement project to keep the costs down.
Also, because the county applied to use part of its BRO funds under an emergency situation, the commissioners hope that the county can use its own forces for the construction work, which they believe also would keep costs lower than hiring a contractor.
Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has estimated that the construction costs to replace the bridge over Little Beaver Creek to be around $200,000.
District One Commissioner Larry Stratman said Tuesday that if the county can use its own forces to build a new bridge on County Road 7050, "I'd like to get another bridge obligated this year."
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is asking counties to obligate its BRO funds as soon as possible.
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, the commissioners approved floodplain development permits for Sherry Pierce and Stanley Williams.
• County Clerk Carol Bennett shared an email from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which asks for interest from county officials in purchasing signs that state that the county is a Purple Heart County to be placed at the county limits. The quoted price of a single sign is $198.60, but if sufficient orders are placed by several counties, the cost could come down to $100 per sign. That does not include the cost of hardware and posts. Counties would be responsible for installation. The email stated that the Military Order of the Purple Heart and its chapters would not receive profits from the sale of signs. Commissioners indicated they were interested in buying signs.
Page 2 of 2 - • Also commissioners approved a teen outreach contract for the health department in an amount not to exceed $43,563.