Archive for Thursday, February 3, 2011

Elm Street bridge deemed unsafe, closed for months

After a recent safety inspection, the bridge on Elm Street west of 10th Street was closed. The city hopes to replace the structure this spring or summer.

After a recent safety inspection, the bridge on Elm Street west of 10th Street was closed. The city hopes to replace the structure this spring or summer.

February 3, 2011

Anyone trying to drive on 11th Street will have to access it from High Street or U.S. Highway 56 as its only other access road was closed last week.

As of last Thursday, the Baldwin City Department of Public Works, acting on authority of the mayor, closed Elm Street from 10th to 11th streets. The street will be closed to vehicle traffic for months.

“It’s definitely something we want to get going this spring or summer,” Baldwin City Administrator Jeff Dingman said. “If we can find a way to get it done this year, that would be the plan. If we have to defer it, for any reason, that wouldn’t be the first choice. But it will be closed for a while.”

The city issued this statement: The drainage structure (bridge) in the 1000 block of Elm Street has recently been evaluated for soundness, structural integrity and the ability to support vehicle traffic. On the basis of the evaluation, the city has decided to close the structure to vehicle traffic in the interest of pubic safety while repair or replacement of the structure is evaluated.

“We are going to replace it,” Dingman said. “There’s not much left there to fix. It’s the old bridge. It’s coming apart. It has needed to be replaced for quite some time. It’s now at the condition where we can’t put it off any longer.

“It would be safe if someone wanted to ride a bike or walk across it of course. It’s had that 3-ton weight limit on it for around 10 years. Three tons isn’t very much, especially when talking about large SUVs driving on it. Fire trucks already know to stay off of it, which is a good thing.”

Dingman said the city staff already has one estimate on the cost to replace the bridge. He said they might get more estimates after finishing the design plans for the project.

“We have some culvert and bridge replacement money saved back,” Dingman said. “It could go toward this project, but probably not all of it. We’ll have to see what the cost estimates are and see how far we can go.”


csoul 4 years, 1 month ago

Is the bridge open bike/peds? The signage and barricades would indicate that it is closed to all traffic, but the quote from Administrator Dingman suggests that it's only closed to motor vehicle traffic...


khayes 4 years, 1 month ago

The American Reconstruction and Recovery Act spent billions of our tax dollars on infrastructure projects for cities nationwide for a huge variety of projects. Did we try to get this bridge replacement which was talked about as early as 2001 on that program as a grant for rebuilding? Certainly would have been a good time to do so.


Torch 4 years, 1 month ago

Unfortunately, Kansas chose to put large amounts it's Federal Stimulus dollars into bolstering the bloated education system so there wasn't enough to go around for all the silly projects like repairing roads.


TheOnlyGreyghost 4 years ago

In your eagerness to play your same broken record yet again, do you have any idea how idiotic your comment is within the context of what Ken said?

Didn't think so.

Carry on. We all know you will.


Torch 4 years ago

I truly wish I cared what you thought. That would make your posts about me so much more meaningful.


TheOnlyGreyghost 4 years ago

Obviously, you do, sport, or you wouldn't bother to take that na-na-boo-boo posture.


oscar 4 years ago

tork aint never wrong only graygost. Hes part of the trilogy, got to live with it.


Stacy Napier 4 years ago

If Ken has his way with gravel roads and all we can just put a rope bridge over it.


ksrush 4 years ago

Sadly, that would be an improvement over a power palnt that only costs - and costs - and costs..... Cant wait to hear sollutions to gold - oh I mean water rates still yet to be addressed by current council ( that Lawrence is still making a killing on ). Economic development plan should be a great smoke and mirror act for anyone dumb enough to locate here - hmm outrageous utilities, tons of red tape, anti- business govt....

A little planning and some thinking outside the box would do wonders ( meaning you can't keep doin what you good ol boys been doin the last decade and a half and expect to move ahead )


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