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State must approve cost of bridge replacement

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Scott County News

BENTON - Scott County commissioners may have to rebid a bridge replacement project depending on what state officials decide.

Commissioners awarded the bid to replace the bridge on County Highway 427 south of Morley to the low bidder, Penzel Construction of Jackson, for $137,392.34 during Tuesday's county commission.

Also bidding was H.R. Quandri Construction of Van Buren who entered a bid of $158,400.

The project's engineer, Darrall R. Hirtz of Waters Engineering in Sikeston, said the bid must first be approved by state officials in Jefferson City as it came in at over 10 percent of his estimated cost of $111,000.

"There's been an increase in the cost of materials," Hirtz explained. "That and the contractors are pretty much full."

Hirtz said the state may require the county to rebid the project or may approve the lowest bid as submitted. Bids falling within 10 percent of the engineer's estimated cost can be approved at the local Missouri Department of Transportation office.

If the Penzel's bid is approved by the state, the higher total cost for the project will increase the county's 20-percent share roughly by $5,200. The other 80 percent will come from the Missouri Department of Transportation's off-systems roads bridge replacement program.

The new bridge will be shifted a bit north of the present bridge and will be "a little straighter going across than it was," according to Harlan Duncan, county road and bridge department supervisor.

Hirtz said the bridge will use precast, prestressed concrete beams.

In other Scott County news:

* Commissioners and Hallie Granville, mayor of Morley, agreed to each change the speed limit on their respective sides of Baseline Road in Morley to 35 mph.

Commissioners agreed to change the speed limit on their half of the road based on Morley's commitment to patrol and enforce the speed limit.

"It is a residential area and it's really congested at times," said Granville. "The kids like to go out there and hot rod on it."

Granville said there is a posted speed limit of 25 mph, but it is at the other end of the road from Highway 61, "so they've already driven the whole length by the time they see the sign."

For the stretch in question, "25 is almost too slow," Granville said.

County roads without a posted speed limit are determined by the speed limit of the state highway they connect to, according to county officials.

* Joe Burton, Scott County E-911 administrator, updated commissioners on the remaining county street signs to be placed.

Bids were opened Thursday with Beis Signs of Sikeston offering the low bid of $15 for 6-by-15 inch signs and $20 for 6-by-24 inch signs for streets with longer names.

Burton said he will need about 33 more signs.

He also discussed with commissioners the possibility of redesignating the portion of County Highway 401 between Highway U and Highway C as Highway 402, a number not presently in use in Scott County.

The section in question has only a single house on it, Burton explained. "Everything on 401 is on the north end."

Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel noted, however, that "all these old maps are going to have 401 on them still for a long time" if the designation is changed, possibly causing confusion.

* The county will begin their blacktop repair program at the end of this week, according to Commissioner Jamie Burger, and will be at "full steam ahead on Monday."

* A Benton resident complained construction crews for the new county jail are blocking the street that leads to his shop despite him having asked them repeatedly to keep the street clear. "It's not right," he said to commissioners. "They just don't care."

* Burger reported the cost to board Scott County prisoners out of county during June was $67,760 - an increase of $17,363 from the previous month.

* The committee for a proposed drainage district in the county east of Highway 61 will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday.