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Some county bridges are deemed unsafe by state inspectors

Friday, January 25, 2013

scottw@standard-democrat.com

CHARLESTON -- An unprecedented number of Mississippi County bridges deemed to be unsafe by state inspectors following the activation of the floodway is no coincidence, according to county officials.

Carlin Bennett, presiding county commissioner, said during the County Commission's regular meeting Thursday that a state inspector recently contacted him and Richard Wallace, county road and bridge superintendent, about a bridge on County Road 307.

"They recommend we close that bridge," Bennett said. "There is steel splitting above and below the rivets."

Wallace said the steel truss bridge has a 73-foot span and an 18-foot-wide wooden deck.

Bennett said a lot of county residents may know the bridge, which is located by Brewers Lake, as "the Old Tavern Bridge."

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