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Bartholomew County will begin planning the replacements for two county bridges, although actual work on the bridges likely won’t start for more than a year.
Commissioners approved Monday the contracts to begin the study of Bridge 39 on County Road 300N south of Hartsville and Bridge 16 on County Road 750E.
Danny Hollander, the county engineer, estimated that the replacement cost of each bridge would be $400,000 to $600,000. The county’s primary bridge project in the next year will be to replace an aging bridge in Newbern. But Hollander said he wanted to have the plans ready for the county’s next-worst bridges, should money become available.
Bridge 16, built in 1968, spans Little Sand Creek on County Road 750E and has a posted weight limit of 10 tons, according to the county’s bridge inventory. The commissioners awarded a $93,150 contract to DLZ Indiana for the design and engineering to replace the bridge, which is east of Ceraland.
Bridge 39 has been reduced to a three-ton load limit, which means school buses can no longer cross it, Hollander said. The bridge on County Road 300N over the Fall Fork of Clifty Creek was built in 1920, according to the county’s bridge inventory. Commissioners approved a $94,020 contract with United Consulting for engineering on the bridge replacement.
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