County Commission discusses feasibility of bridge repairs

Lyon County commissioners fielded the Road and Bridge Department's 2013 bridge study findings during their study meeting Wednesday.

Commissioners say the list of 35 bridges is virtually the same one as presented two years ago. Commissioner Dan Slater credited the work of County Engineer Chip Woods and his staff for keeping bridges as updated and maintained as possible.

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Slater says replacing a bridge can cost up to $700,000 each up front, making that option especially painful for the county.

Of the bridges needing major repairs, 21 are listed as "fracture-critical," essentially they are in danger of collapse if certain parts of the structures give way. However, Slater says most bridges are in "great" shape.

In other business, commissioners went to Road "K-7" near Olpe for a road viewing. They also heard Emporia Main Street Director Casey Woods discuss new initiatives which could help county residents living outside Emporia.

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Woods says this is a big step for Emporia State's Small Business Development Center, existing small businesses in Lyon County and entrepreneurs hoping to start a business.

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