Updated: Jun 2
The replacement of the so-called Hell's Bend bridge on 2300 Road north of La Cygne is expected to be a comparatively expensive project compared to other county bridge projects. The bridge goes over a BNSF Railway line that is cut through a hillside. (Photo by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)
MOUND CITY – The Hell’s Bend bridge replacement project north of La Cygne moved forward on Monday, May 30, at the Linn County Commission meeting. Commissioners discussed three proposals that BG Consultants received for doing environmental study borings at the bridge.
Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower presented the bids for Public Works Director Shaun West. Hightower said the bids were from GSI Engineering for $5,805, Professional Service Industries (PSI) for $5,275, and Terracon for $9,000.
BG Consultants recommended the bid from PSI.
The commissioners approved the bid for $5,275 from PSI with Commissioner Danny McCullough voting over the phone.
County Counselor Gary Thompson told the commissioners that there would be some details to take care of with the Hell’s Bend project in the future, like purchasing some ground, acquiring construction easements and working with the railroad. He explained that it was going to be a complicated process.
In other business, the commissioners:
Approved the engine repair of a tractor trailer at Inland Truck Parts and Service for up to $15,000.
Approved a resolution that set a cap of $35,000 on the 2022 Noxious Weed Cost-Share Program.
Learned that dust control was postponed last week due to the weather. It will begin the end of this week, depending on the weather.
Agreed that South Shop Road Foreman Harry Wisdom should try to find a used backhoe bucket and have J.R. Kerr modify it for the county’s needs.
Decided to notify speaker that was late in showing up to meeting at 11 a.m. that the meeting was being adjourned because there was no other business.