BENTON - The replacement 60-foot bridge on Scott County Road 427 crossing the St. John's Ditch should be open in time for school buses in August, according to county officials.
Scott County commissioners reviewed the county's 20-percent in-kind match for the project with Darrell Hirtz of Waters and Associates in Sikeston during Tuesday's meeting before sending off the final plans for approval by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The other 80 percent of the bridge's $225,000 cost is being funded by MoDOT's Off-Systems Road Bridge Replacement program.
Scott County commissioners can expect "roughly an eight-week turnaround" before hearing from MoDOT, according to Hirtz.
Officials can then put the project out for bid. With statutes requiring officials allow 21 days for bids to be returned, county officials are hoping "they might start work the first of July," according to Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner.
The contractor will have 45 days to complete the project with a $400-per-day penalty for going over the allotted time.
The next Off-Systems Road Bridge Replacement project slated for Scott County is on County Road 265 northwest of Oran which officials hope to complete next year.
In other Scott County news, 11 beaver dams were recently removed in a one-mile stretch south of Kelly High School, according to Jamie Burger, commissioner.
Two beaver trappers, funded by a federal USDA grant, captured 25 beavers "in about a week and a half period," Burger said.
Burger said road and bridge department employees rode ditch banks on horses in an attempt to find all existing beaver dams in Scott County ditches.
If anyone finds a beaver dam they missed, however, commissioners "need to be aware of it," said Burger.