The date July 23 remains firm for constructing a new bridge at Broadway and Camp in rural Logan County, said Logan County Commissioner Mark Sharpton of District 1.
The existing 73-year-old bridge is functionally obsolete and a public safety issue. The two-lane bridge is too narrow for oncoming traffic on the bridge, Sharpton said. Construction will involve a new 227-foot structure with 12-foot lanes and 4-foot shoulders.
“However, prior to construction, Plains Pipeline will be relocating a utility which is in conflict with the construction site,” Sharpton said Friday. “This means Broadway will be temporarily closed just north of Camp Road from July 11-13.”
Those who use the bridge are advised to plan an alternate route. Detour signs will be posted. Northbound drivers on Broadway will be rerouted east on Seward to Bryant, then north to Triplett and west on Triplett back to Broadway. Motorists may also prefer to travel I-35 or State Highway 74, Sharpton said.
A detour for southbound drivers on Broadway will be to turn east on Triplett to Bryant, south on Bryant to Seward, west on Seward to return to Broadway.
The District 1 road crew is improving Seward Road east and west of Broadway. Replacing the bridge could take up to six months, Sharpton said. Plans involve chemical stabilization on sandy areas of Seward just east of Broadway.
“We are hauling rock from Pawnee at the rate of four to six loads a day to apply to roads which will serve as the detour route,” Sharpton said.
Bridgeco Contractors Inc. is the low bidder for the $1.12 million bridge project. Eighty percent of the cost of the Broadway bridge replacement project was approved for federal funding through the Surface Transportation Program. The remaining 20 percent match was through the County Bridge and Road Improvements fund, Sharpton said.
District 1 employees will be saw-cutting Broadway in preparation for the work by Plains Pipeline.
Repairs were made this week on two low water crossings; one on Meridian north of Waterloo and the other on MacArthur north of Charter Oak, Sharpton said. District 1 has installed stop and yield signs, mowed and performed tree removal and trimming on multiple areas of right-of-way and culvert installation.
“We are also working to resolve a hydraulic issue with the asphalt laydown machine which we will be using on a road repair in Cedar Valley,” Sharpton said.
FOR MORE information about the at Broadway and Camp bridge closing, contact the District 1 office at 282-3581 or 831-0837.