It has been close to a year-and-a-half since the Washington Street Bridge was closed to disrepair, but the work to repair the bridge is well under way and on target to be completed by fall of 2013.
The Washington Street Bridge Project was approved by the Sedalia City Council in January of this year with a total project cost of $1,144,064.
The project was bonded in with the new fire engine and fire station for the Sedalia Fire Department.
In January, a representative from Ollson Associates was on hand and informed the council that due to language in the contract, substantial work to the bridge must be completed in 294 days.
Work on the Washington Street Bridge is being handled by Krupp Construction, Inc, which received the bid from the city.
Public Works Director Bill Beck spoke with the News-Journal and gave an update on the progress of the project.
“The project is to repair the entire bridge, from one end to the other,” Beck said.
He added, “They have been able to work on the parts that are on city property. They’ve been able to do the work on both sides. It was to be done this fall and it will be. Our contractor insures us that they will be finished ahead of schedule.”
Beck was asked what is the next step for the project.
“They are replacing all of the stringers (I-beams). They have all been ordered. They should get these in and start putting them in, in the next few weeks,” Beck explained.
Beck was asked if there has been delays in the project.
“They can’t work over the tracks until we get the agreements in from the railroad (Union Pacific).
“We look to hear from them any day,” Beck said.
He added, “Once that comes in, they can get started on that right away.”
Beck was asked if the City of Sedalia is happy with the work completed on the project thus far.
“We’ve been real pleased with the contractor. They have done an excellent job and we are going to have a nice product when done,” Beck said. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.