December 1, 2011

County Dedicates Latest Off-System Bridge Upgrade

The new bridge on County Road 857 was officially opened to traffic last week, marking an end to several decades of a low-water crossing at the site through the Wyaconda River. The $365,000 project was made possible by federal off-system bridge funding.

After more than two decades of utilizing a low-water crossing, motorists on County Road 857, northwest of Memphis, now have a new bridge in place.

The Scotland County Commission was joined by the Scotland County Road & Bridge crew and representatives of C & C Bridge and Concrete, Inc., and Great River Engineering, as well as neighboring property owners for the grand opening of Bridge #1400009. An official ribbon cutting was held Thursday, November 17th.

The new three-span pre-stressed concrete I girder bridge spans the Wyaconda River, covering approximately 150 feet of linear deck space.

Construction began on the $367,465 project on May 23rd, 2011. It was funded by federal off-system bridge replacement funds. C & C Bridge performed the installation of the project designed by Great River Engineering. County crews completed much of the ground preparation work, including moving the massive amounts of dirt needed to prepare the site.

"The county appreciates the cooperation of all the adjoining landowners, including Tom Enlow, who provided the borrow area, from which all the dirt was moved," said Commissioner Paul Campbell.

Easements for the project were provided by Enlow, Bill and Charlotte Hall and the Twila J. Knosby Trust.

Campbell noted that by replacing the low-water crossing, the county eliminates a safety hazard as well as a liability concern. He also pointed out the fact that crossings are far more expensive to maintain than bridges.

The original bridge on County Road 857 was closed in 1986 and later condemned. It was removed in 1989 when the crossing was constructed.

The site is located 5.5 miles north of Memphis and approximately 3/4 of a mile west. County Road 857 runs north and south between Route C and Route CC.

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