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County Commissioners Last Updated: Dec 16th, 2005 - 11:44:22

Commissioners open new bridge
By By Emily Thornton - Mineral Independent
Dec 8, 2005, 11:37

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The Mineral County commissioners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Cedar Creek Bridge at 10:15 a.m. last Wednesday.

Commissioners Judy Stang, James Warnken and J.B. McComb presented the structure, which is south of Superior just off Cedar Creek Road to a handful of people, including its engineers and Mineral County Road Department workers.

The new 65-foot long Cedar Creek Bridge opened last week in Superior after less than two months’ worth of work, Karl Yakawich, project engineer for Great West Engineering, said.
The old wooden bridge was built in 1977 after its predecessor from 1951, also wooden, began rotting. The 1977 version also began rotting and was not expected to last another two to three years, Judy Stang, Mineral County commissioner, said. By that time, the county would receive state money to rebuild the structure, she added.

Instead, the county found another way to fund a new bridge, the Treasurer State Endowment Program, or TSEP.

This program, provided by the coal tax, grants counties funds for engineering projects every two years, such as the bridge.

The National Forest Service owned the bridge many years ago, Stang said, but the county commissioners decided to assume it.

That caused the county to become responsible for its upkeep, she added. “It doesn’t serve that many people,” she said.
In 2002, Great West won the contract and placed a temporary bridge over the existing one, Daniel McCauley, president of Great West, said. In October 2005, they began construction on the tri-deck bridge, a typical design for smaller areas, Yakawich said.

The total cost for the structure was $160,000.

Mineral County matched a grant of $80,000 from the TSEP, but included labor and supplies with the money, Yakawich said.

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