Complex bridge replacement projects still under way
Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 23, 2001
Sunday, September 23, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
NATCHEZ – Several bridges in Adams County are making their
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way through the complex bridge replacement process, said Jim Marlow,
the county’s state aid engineer.
Projects now under construction or being planned include:
— Replacing a bridge at Jackson Point with a box bridge, a
structure that is larger than a box culvert. Construction should
begin in earnest once high waters recede and, given good weather,
should take about two months to complete, Marlow said. Estimated
— Replacing a concrete bridge spanning Melvin Bayou on Palestine
Road, near Adams County Christian School.
The county is now working to obtain rights-of-way from the
owners of property near the bridge, which was built in the 1930s.
The bridge’s sufficiency rating, on a scale of 0 up to 100, is
33.7. Estimated cost: $700,000.
— Replacing a concrete bridge spanning Chase Bayou on Kingston
Road with a box culvert. The county is waiting on approval from
the Office of State Aid.
&uot;We’re hoping to be under contract by the end of the year,&uot;
Marlow said. The bridge’s sufficiency rating is 47.7. Estimated
— Replacing a bridge on Moss Grove Road – a structure currently
closed due to a wash-out – with a box culvert. The county is currently
working to acquire rights-of-way from property owners. The bridge’s
sufficiency rating is 25.9. The estimated cost of that project
was not available as of Friday.
— Replacing four timber bridges on Tate Road with box bridges.
Marlow is now drawing up plans and specifications for the project.
The bridges’ sufficiency ratings range from 34.9 to 46.6. Estimated
cost: A total of $600,000 for all four bridges.
— Replacing a 61-year-old timber bridge on Hutchins Landing
Road. Marlow has submitted a program form to the Office of State
Aid for the project, but he is not sure when approval may be granted
or how much the project might cost to complete. The bridge’s sufficiency
rating is 42.9.
— Replacing six timber bridges and one concrete bridge on
Anna’s Bottom Road with box culverts. Marlow has gotten authorization
from the Adams County Board of Supervisors to fill out a program
form for the project and submit it to the Office of State Aid,
but the form has not yet been completed.
He does not yet know an estimated cost for the project. The
concrete bridge’s sufficiency rating is 17.5; ratings for the
timber bridges range from 36.8 to 54.2.
Sufficiency ratings reflect such criteria as a bridge’s age,
dimensions and traffic count but do not necessarily reflect a
bridge’s structural integrity, Marlow pointed out.