Saturday, September 20, 2014

County OKs BNSF, KDOT bridge agreement

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer | 2/28/2014

Construction on the West Wilson Street Bridge project is one step closer.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners voted this week to sign an agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Kansas Department of Transportation that outlines the responsibilities of each party during the bridge replacement.

“BNSF is involved because [the bridge] goes over their railroad,” Jim Haag, county public works director, said. 

Firms interested in the work are expected to submit bids in April, which will be opened by KDOT. The lowest responsible bidder will be selected to remove the existing bridge and construct the new bridge, Haag said.

The West Wilson bridge now is a five-ton truss bridge, Haag said, and loads of more than 50 tons shouldn’t be using the structure. The new bridge will allow use by any trucks driving on a legal highway in Kansas.

Construction is expected to start in late April or early May, Haag said. 

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