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As bridges come off list for repairs new ones are added

Another Ray County bridge is undergoing repairs. The BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) railway bridge on EE Highway, just off of 210 Highway, will be removed and replaced.
The bridge is well over 100 feet long and has been blocked to all traffic since the state inspector deemed it unsafe early this year. For a while there was some discrepancy as to whether the county, state or railroad was responsible for the repairs.
The bridge belongs to the railroad and provides passage for traffic to cross over the tracks that run east and west on EE Highway.
According to Ray County Commissioner Allen Dale, the old bridge will be removed and a new one built at a cost of approximately $750,000. BSNF will cover 60 percent of the cost with the state picking up the remainder.
Dale said a bridge along a gravel road in the Hardin area was replaced about two years ago at a cost of ‘right around $550,000 and one between Camden and Orrick at around $500,000.’ The EE bridge is much longer and has to be constructed differently because it is built over the railroad tracks. Such projects are a significant undertaking and take some time to coordinate.
The bridge is expected to be completed and reopen by April 9, 2009.
Hardin area was replaced about two years ago at a cost of ‘right around $550,000 and one between Camden and Orrick at around $500,000.’ The EE bridge is much longer and has to be constructed differently because it is built over the railroad tracks. Such projects are a significant undertaking and take some time to coordinate.
The bridge is expected to be completed and reopen by April 9, 2009.
Photo: Road closed signs on EE Highway near 210 Highway should be coming down as soon as this bridge is repaired.
The signs will find new homes as more bridges are up for repair around the county. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)

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