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KDOT brings back popular bridge repair program

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ks. - KDOT has resurrected a popular program that looks to repair or replace many of the state's smaller, less traveled bridges, frequently found in rural farming communities.

That's good news for Cherokee County which is looking to get involved, and already has a bridge it would like to replace on Lostine Road.

"Right now, we just see so many bridges in the county that just will not accommodate the agricultural equipment that's being moved down our county roads. We're doing our best to try to stay up on that," said Crawford County Commissioner Neal Anderson.

Both Kansas counties and cities can apply for up to $150,000 with the Kansas Local Bridge Improvement Program, which has 5 million dollars in state funds.  

"It gives the counties some options to maybe use some prefabricated bridges or bridge elements. And they might be able to replace these bridges at a much cheaper cost," said KDOT area engineer George Dockery. 

Dockery also says installing newer, stronger bridges could be a big aid to rural school bus routes.

"Right now, because of (the bridges') deficient nature, they may have a load rating that the bus can't get across. By replacing this, it opens up more efficient routing of busses, and school busses, and things like that," said Dockery. 

Kansas communities have until mid October to apply for the bridge funding.

 


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