Saline County commissioners dedicate new bridge in Saline County

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Saline County Commission dedicates new bridge at the intersection of 230th Road and Camp Creek on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The project was funded by the Federal Highway Administration with a 20 percent Saline County credit match. Pictured are (from left): Kile Guthrey, presiding commissioner; Alfred Leimkueler, property owner and trustee; Rich Rhodes, project engineer, Rhodes Engineering Company Inc.; Richard Clemens, northern district commissioner; Dave Luther, project coordinator, MoDot; Brad Parn, project contractor, Brookfield Box and Bridge LLC; and Monte Fenner, southern district commissioner.
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Saline County commissioners dedicated a newly rehabilitated bridge at Camp Creek with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Rich Rhodes, engineer with Rhodes Engineering Co. Inc., was the engineer on the project. He thanked the contractor on the project, Brad Parn from Brookfield Box and Bridge LLC. He also thanked the commissioners for allowing this project.

"This project was a huge improvement for the area," Rhodes said. "A nice infrastructure improvement. The existing bridge was built in 1910. It was 11 feet 10 inches in width, and 59 feet in length."

He said the new bridge is 24-feet wide to accommodate farm machinery and school buses better.

"Over the last four years, the Saline County Commission has replaced $3,420,000 in bridges," Rhodes said. "That includes six bridges total. The next bridge to be replaced is east of Napton, which is a $1.2 million project, and that's slated for construction in 2019."

Rhodes also thanked the property owners.

"I'd like to also thank the property owners," he said. "That includes the Leimkuehlers, David Kruger, Evans brothers and Charles Bartlett."

The bridge is located at the intersection of 230th Road and Camp Creek with a total project cost of $363,847.97.

The Federal Highway Administration offered 80 percent of the total at $291,078.38 and there was a Saline County credit match for the remainder of $72,769.59.

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