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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester presented plans last week to the county commissioners for county bridges in need of repair or replacement.
â€śEvery two years I come to you and present a plan,â€ť said Forrester who handed out the countyâ€™s bridge plan for 2011-2015.
â€ś(Bridge) 36 is at the top of our list,â€ť he said.
Bridge 36, located on County Road 550 South near Collamer, had an initial estimated cost of $200,000, according to Forrester.
Forrester told the commission that when Bridge 36 was completed, there would only be one bridge left with a posted weight limit. Crews are currently working on replacing the bridge.
â€śThere were 15 or 16 when I took over,â€ť said Forrester.
According to Forrester, bridges without posted weight limits can be crossed by any vehicle carrying â€śany legal load.
â€śWhen weâ€™re getting into oversized loads, then all bets are off.â€ť
Forrester said Bridge 16, located on County Road 100 South is the next project on the list.
He said a detour would be required.
â€śWeâ€™ll have to do something about signage there,â€ť he said.
Ten other bridges are scheduled to have some repair work done on them this year.
Also on the list for reconstruction in the county over the next five years are:
â€˘ Bridge 10, located on County Road 600 North (Toewall failing, serious erosion).
â€˘ Bridge 69, located on County Road 650 East (Abutments cracked and spalled).
â€˘ Bridge 65, located on Ruckman Road (Footings exposed above flow line).
â€˘ Bridge 40, located on County Road 800 South (Issue with ditch geometry).
â€˘ Bridge 25, located on County Road 575 West (Twin pipes, deflected since construction).
Forrester also included a listed of bridges which will receive repairs in 2011.