This picture shows one of the many reasons the bridge over the Salt Fork River on Co. Road 215 must be replaced.

This picture shows one of the many reasons the bridge over the Salt Fork River on Co. Road 215 must be replaced.

The Saline Co. Commission wrapped up a very busy August. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings.

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The bidding concluded recently on the removal and replacement of the Wilton Springs Bridge Number 46 and 47. Presiding Commissioner Stallings says the bid and estimate is nearly three-hundred thousand dollars less than anticipated, according to the winning contractor.

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No, that was figured in from the start. When you start the process on a bridge like this, you hire a Consulting Engineer, and the engineer plans for the bridge and all the right of ways that have to be purchased… by the County before you can build the bridge,” the Commissioner added.

And of course, that process was all part of the plan, and it just took some time to negotiate,” he stated.

The bid will be awarded to Boone Construction Co. out of Columbia. We’ll do the official signing of those papers, they are qualified Missouri DOT Contractors, so they will be building the Wilton Springs Bridge for us and will probably start on it very shortly,” Stallings said.

We’re hoping by later this year we’ll…perhaps, have a new bridge there. If not late this year, early next year,” he concluded.

Before work could begin however, a property had to be acquired from a local resident which Presiding Commissioner Stallings explains, was not an additional cost.

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The total cost for the endeavor is estimated at $839,920.69 and will affect the Special Road Districts of Slater, Malta Bend and Blackburn, along with the Common Road District.

The project should be completed by the end of this year or early 2015 at the latest.

The commission is expected to sign all necessary documents Tuesday.

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