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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • 6 engineers express interest in bridge work

  • Six engineers, including three Rolla firms, say that they are qualified to come up with a solution for a Phelps County road bridge located west of Rolla that failed in July and has been patched since.
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  • Six engineers, including three Rolla firms, say that they are qualified to come up with a solution for a Phelps County road bridge located west of Rolla that failed in July and has been patched since.
    County commissioners on Oct. 17 opened statements of qualifications from the six firms — Archer-Elgin Engineering Surveying and Architecture of Rolla; Allgeier, Martin and Associates Inc. of Rolla; Great River Associates of Springfield, Mo.; Volkert, Inc. of Jefferson City; Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc., of Lenexa, Kan.; and Benton and Associates of Rolla.
    Commissioners are now tasked with ranking the firms based on their experience and technical competence, capacity and capability and past record of performance. Cost is not a factor that will be considered at this point.
    District One Commissioner Larry Stratman and District Two Commissioner Gary Hicks are scheduled to talk to Jenni Jones, of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), via a conference call at today's commission meeting about the rankings. Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp is out of town early this week at the Missouri Association of Counties annual conference.
    The commission plans to use some of the county's 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.
    Construction of a replacement bridge over Little Beaver Creek is estimated at $200,000, according to MoDOT.
    By applying for the funds under an emergency situation, commissioners hope the county can use its own forces for the construction work, however, they do not believe a replacement crossing can 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.
    There is a low-water crossing nearby that can be used in emergency situations.
    In other business
    • Also at last Thursday's commission meeting, the commission approved a request by the sheriff's department to sell six analog radios that are no longer being used for $1 to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.
    • County officials learned that a child support enforcement contract has been funded in the amount of $64,334.85, which is the same amount funded in last year's contract.
    • The State Emergency Management Agency is reviewing the county's local emergency operations plan.
    • Hicks noted that a study previously offered by Benton and Associates that would rank the county's low-water crossings on risks and traffic counts would "help us in determining where to go with limited resources and improve our credibility." However, he noted he does not want to spend a lot of money on such a study, adding that the county should not pay for the study if it will cost as much as a new replacement bridge somewhere in the county.
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