By Carson Gerber
---- — PERU — Construction is well underway on a new bridge that will replace an old, deteriorating one on a dead-end road in rural Miami County. It provides six homes with road access.
County officials began looking for ways to replace the bridge last year, heading off a potential collapse that would have left the residents stranded.
County engineer Ken Einselen said concrete underneath the bridge had worn away and support beams were crumbling. He said there was a chance the bridge could fail and cut off road access to the houses.
The old, 20-foot bridge spanned Weesau Creek on West 750 North, a roughly 1,000-foot section of road north of Denver with six homes at the end.
County officials obtained around 0.3 acre of land from a nearby property owner last year and started constructing the new bridge this summer.
Einselen said the new bridge is a pre-stressed box beam structure and will cost around $100,000. He said it should be complete by the end of the year.
“The property owners at the end of this bridge are happy to see it getting put up,” Einselen said.
He said the bridge should last 50 or 60 years before it needs any major maintenance.
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