CHARLESTON -- While federal funding will go toward the projects, these are definitely bridges to somewhere.
During their regular weekly meeting Thursday, Mississippi County commissioners took another step toward seeing a new bridge on County Road 521 by making their selection of an engineering firm.
Present at the meeting were William Robison and Stephen Hicks, engineers with the Smith and Company firm in Poplar Bluff.
"We would love to do this work for you all," Robison said.
The affinity was apparently mutual.
"We've had a longstanding relationship with Smith and Company. They are more or less in our backyard. Their (bridge) designs they have done for us have stood up well," said Commissioner Robert Jackson. "I'd like to stay with them."
Commissioner Steve Jones agreed with Jackson's comment and the selection was made with an unanimous vote.
Presiding Commissioner Carlin Bennett said the county's primary concern with this project as well as the other bridge being designed by Smith and Company, the flood-damaged bridge on County Road 312, is getting them completed soon.
"Get these done as quickly as humanly possible," Bennett urged. "They're equally important to residents of the county."
"These bridges are critical," Jackson agreed.
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