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Officials: No cost to repair bridge

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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Repairs are underway on the Birch Creek Bridge, but Clay County taxpayers will not have to foot the bill. The 17-year-old bridge is still under the 25-year warranty provided by American Bridge and Timber.
The Clay County taxpayers will not have to pay for the more than estimated $70,000 in repairs needed to fix the Birch Creek Bridge, one of only three wood bridges in Clay County.

"It is really nice to see in today's society that a company is willing to stand behind their work," Commissioner Charlie Brown said about American Bridge and Timber. "We found out that the bridge was only 17 years old and, when we contacted the company about fixing it, it was still under the 25-year warranty. We thought we would have to pay a portion of the repairs, but they said they would foot the whole bill for the repairs."

Brown said the company has been really good to work with and that they even agreed to bid the job out to local contractors.

BLS Construction won the bid and should complete repairs, weather permitting, within a month.

Located east of S.R 59 approximately three miles on County Road 300, officials originally believed the damage was caused by semis and garbage trucks using the busy road on their way to the Center Point landfill in the 90s.

But, while replacing the damaged beam, workers discovered a clue to why the beam broke.

A large crack was located on the beam after it was removed. Officials believe that moisture built up inside the beam during the past 17 years, causing it to rot from the inside out and break.

"This is a refreshing change of pace for the commissioners. Usually we find a problem and then have to spend taxpayer dollars to fix it. This time we didn't have to do that," Brown said. "We really appreciate the local residents' patience during the time this bridge has been closed. This is a very busy road, but it will be open again real soon."



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