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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020

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Change Orders on
Bridge Projects
n Won’t Cost Taxpayers

By Monte Miller

Missourian Staff Writer

One county bridge
project cost goes up, another comes down, but
the two do not offset.
On
Tuesday,
the
Franklin County Commission
approved
change orders to bridge
replacement
projects
on Shawnee Ford Road
and Fiddle Creek Road,
both in rural parts of the
county.
County Highway Administrator Jim Grutsch
said both projects are
complete and the county
will be reimbursed for
any additions coming
from the change orders
by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
“Both roadways are
open,” Grutsch said.
“The Shawnee Ford
project required the pillars to be deeper than
originally planned and
a little more fencing was
required. That’s what
caused the increase and
MoDOT has signed off
on the projects.”
Shawnee Ford
The contract for the
Shawnee Ford Road
project was approved
more than a year ago,
and is one of the most
expensive county bridge
replacement projects in
recent years.
In Feb. 2019, KCI
Construction Company,
Inc., based in St. Louis,
was awarded the contract of the $1,481,000
replacement
of
the
bridge over the Bourbeuse River about 11
miles northwest of Sullivan.
The bridge replacement is being funded
by federal money as
was approved in 2015
by the East-West Gate-

way Council of Governments.
At that time, the federal money totaled $1.1
million, with Franklin
County
contributing
$272,000 for the project.
The change order
approved Tuesday will
increase the cost of the
project by $14,112.
The order states it has
been determined that
multiple bid items were
both overrun in some
cases and underrun.
The change order
would increase the total cost of the project to
$1,495,112.
The contract with
KCI Construction includes constructing a
new three span bridge
consisting of two 90-foot
sections and one 120foot section.
The work and materials include placing fill,
grading, demolition of
the existing structure,
prestressed
concrete
girder bridge, reinforced
box culvert extension
and associated roadway
work together with any
incidental work needed
on the project.
Fiddle Creek
Franklin County has
caught a break on a project plagued by delays
and unforeseen costs,
for more than two years
The ongoing replacement of the Fiddle Creek
Road bridge outside of
Labadie was awarded
to Arnold based KozenyWagner, Inc. in June
2019.
The
Kozeny-Wagner bid for the onespan, 86-foot-long prestressed concrete girder
bridge over Fiddle Creek
was $566,853.
The project is estimated to cost just over
$750,000 with the coun-

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federal funds and a local
match of $150,200.
On Tuesday, the county received a bit of a reprieve when the commission approved a change
order reducing the overall cost of the project.
The commission order states it has been
determined that multiple bid items were both
overrun in some cases
and underrun.
The change order
would decrease the
project cost by $3,453.
for a new total cost of
$562,151.65.
In 2018, property
owners on Fiddle Creek
Road required the county to purchase property
easements before work
could begin.
According to county
documents, $4,250 was
paid to landowners for
0.06 of an acre of right of
way and 0.16 of an acre
of temporary construction easement.

Still Time to Register
For Children’s Relay
By Kristen Dragotto

Missourian Staff Writer

The
registration
deadline for the Jordan
Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay For Life at
Washington High School
has been extended to
Monday, March 16.
The relay will take
place Friday, April 24,
at the WHS track.
Children in thirdthrough
sixth-grade
from area schools are
invited to participate in
the event. This year’s
theme is Camp Out for
a Cure.
Relay chairs Abbie
Dewart and Josie Obermark hope by extendeding the deadline it will
increase the number

of participants for this
year’s event.
Dewart
explained
that on March 2 there
were only 320 children
registered and in the
last week 61 additional
people signed up, making a total of 381 participants registered to date.
In 2019, the children’s
relay had 500 participants. Both Dewart and
Obermark
explained
that the decrease in participants this year could
be due to registration
being strictly online.
“In years past, participants could sign up for
the event online and by
packets sent home with
the kids,” Obermark
said. “This year we opted out of doing paper

registration.”
Both Obermark and
Dewart stated that
there are no plans to add
a paper registration.
Obermark did note
that she is pleased with
the number of area
schools
participating
this year.
“This year (the relay)
has participants from 13
area schools,” Obermark
said.
Registration
Participants
who
have registered after
March 2 and register
within the next week
will not receive a shirt
or lanyard, according to
Obermark.
To register, visit sites.
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