Bid letting for the new bridge over the Elkhorn River south of Beemer will be delayed at least one more month, Cuming County Highway Superintendent Chris Howser told the Board of Supervisors last week.
The reason, Howser explained, is that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hasn’t signed off on the engineer’s construction plan.
Howser met with the board last Wednesday morning during its January meeting. He said the county’s engineer, Mark Manelli of Mainelli Wagner & Associates, has been working on a plan to keep the bridge open while a new bridge is built alongside of it.
The plan includes using a series of culverts and headwalls and building the bridge from the waterway back to the road.
The culverts would restrict the flow of the river, and Howser said the Corps apparently has an issue with that because it would affect kayakers and canoers.
“We wouldn’t be stopping the flow of water,” Howser said, “just reducing the flow.”
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