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The bridge is official

Commission adds West 10th bridge to county roster

The Barton County Employee Relations Committee selected Maria Hernandez, deputy treasurer, as its quarterly Employee Recognition Award. Hernandez, center holding the plaque, is shown with BCERC President Wendy Prosser, second from right, and county commissioners, left to right, Homer Kruckenberg...

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 The bridge on West 10th Street spans the City of Great Bend’s flood-control ditch and was built by the city in the late 1980s as part of that massive anti-flooding effort.
However, since then, “it kind of fell through the cracks,” County Engineer Clark Rusco told the Barton County Commission Monday morning. Kansas Department of Transportation mandates that all bridges over 20 feet long be inspected, something that has never happened to this bridge.
Furthermore, the city-built structure is part of a county-maintained road. It has never been formally brought into the county’s family of 380 other bridges ...

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