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Seven Kandiyohi County bridges put on replacement list

WILLMAR -- Seven deficient bridges in Kandiyohi County have been put on the list for replacement, rehabilitation or removal.Formal action was taken Tuesday with the adoption of a resolution by the County Board of Commissioners.The move will enabl...

St. John’s Township Road 175
St. Johns Township Road 175, southwest of Pennock, crosses a large culvert. It is one of seven high-priority county-wide bridge replacement projects. (RAND MIDDLETON | TRIBUNE)

WILLMAR - Seven deficient bridges in Kandiyohi County have been put on the list for replacement, rehabilitation or removal.
Formal action was taken Tuesday with the adoption of a resolution by the County Board of Commissioners.
The move will enable the bridges to get onto the state’s master list and in line for eventual funding, said Mel Odens, Kandiyohi County Public Works director.
“We need to get some of these bridges on there,” he said.
The seven bridges are scattered throughout the county. They have been proposed for repair or replacement between 2017 and 2020.
Two are on township roads. The rest are located on county roads. All have been listed as a high priority for the county to address when funds become available.
Replacement or repairs involving the seven bridges are estimated to cost $1.7 million over four years. County officials plan to split the costs between township or state bridge funds and local or state aid funds.
Additional funding will be critical for Kandiyohi County to achieve all the projects outlined in its long-term transportation improvement plan, Odens said. There’s a $2 million gap between the list of road projects the county wants to accomplish over the next few years and the amount of funds currently available - and this doesn’t include any bridge projects, he said.
The first two bridges to be addressed are slated for the 2017 construction season. They are located on Kandiyohi County Road 2 over the South Fork Crow River just south of Regal, and on County Road 27, over Shakopee Creek southwest of Swan Lake in Mamre Township.
Two more bridges are on the proposed schedule in 2018. Their locations: County Road 14 over Chetomba Creek southwest of Prinsburg, and County Road 134 over a drainage ditch east of Big Kandiyohi Lake.
Two bridges on township roads are slated in 2019: St. Johns Township Road 175 southwest of Pennock and Mamre Township Road 6 over Shakopee Creek northwest of Pennock.
The final proposed bridge repair is on the schedule for 2020. It is on County Road 16 east of Lake Lillian.

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