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County bridge to see repairs
Project will restrict traffic on SW 50 Ave.
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The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved repairs to the bridge on SW 50 Avenue, also known as the Radium bridge. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

 Starting in late August, the Arkansas River bridge on SW 50 Avenue, commonly known as the Radium Road, will see some long-needed repairs, the Barton County Commission decided Monday morning.

The commission accepted the low bid from L&M Contractors of Great Bend for $398,945. The project consists of concrete patching of the bridge deck followed by a concrete overlay that will create a new wearing surface. 

County Engineer Barry McManaman said the work will likely begin around Aug. 28. The contractors have 90 working days to complete the repairs, meaning it will likely take about four or five months.

The bridge will remain open, but McManaman said only one lane will be open at a time. There will also be a 10-foot width limit for vehicles crossing the bridge.

In other business Monday morning, the Barton County Commission:

• Named several people to the Local Emergency Planning Committee. The Barton County LEPC is comprised of representatives from the following groups: state/local officials; law enforcement; firefighting; emergency management; health; hospital; broadcast media and/or communications media; transportation; local environmental groups; community service/civic groups; emergency medical services; and facilities/industries regulated by SARA Title III, Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller said.

Appointed were: For terms ending Dec. 31, Linn Hogg, RSVP and Volunteers in Action director, and Gaila Demel, United Way of Central Kansas executive director; and for terms ending Dec. 31, 2018, Daniel Lyne, Fuller Industries, Roger McPherson, Fuller Industries, and Lindsey Bogner, Ellinwood Community Hospital foundation and community education coordinator.