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Spillway bridge report completed

Thursday, July 28, 2011 ~ Updated 4:46 PM

scottw@standard-democrat.com

CHARLESTON -- Four As, a B, four Cs, 2 Ds and an F probably would be frowned upon as a student report card but Mississippi County's spillway bridges could have done a lot worse.

Dennis Cox, an engineer for Smith and Company in Poplar Bluff, presented County Commissioners with the inspection report on the 11 bridges located in the spillway during their regular meeting Thursday.

Bridges were rated on a "A through F" scale, Cox said.

Class A and B bridges are in great condition while class C means the bridge should be replaced within 10 years, according to Cox.

"Anything that is rated class D needs to be replaced now," he said, and class F is "failed, fell down."

The bridge on County Road 310 was the only bridge inspected to receive an F.

Cox said that although the report lists cost estimates for replacement bridges, which include the costs of design, construction, inspection and minimal road work, those estimates are only a budgetary tool and may not reflect what actual construction costs would come out to.

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