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Sharp's Station bridge still under construction

by Shana Haines
Landmark editor

Sharp's Station Bridge is still under construction, and will remain so at least until the first of May, according to Platte County Public Works Director Dale Thomas.

Since August, residents around Interurban Road in rural Platte County from HH Highway to Sharp's Station Road have been detoured while the bridge is being replaced.

Thomas said the project will be completed by the first of May. Thomas said the contract for the construction of the bridge specifies it be completed in 100 total working days. Dates from Dec. 15 to March 15 don't count as working days, according to Thomas, due to winter weather.

Thomas indicated the May deadline shouldn't be a problem to accomplish. Projects remaining to be completed include the approaches for entering and exiting the bridge and the guardrail.

A slight snag was hit recently when a contractor incorrectly installed a Kansas City water line that is attached to the bridge.

Thomas said the section of water pipe was too long for the length of the bridge. The contractor, Emery Sapp & Son of Columbia, Mo., said they received the wrong materials for the project.

Thomas said the contractor was told by inspectors the materials were wrong for the project.
Despite the setback, Thomas added the contractor has been at the construction site this week and wants it completed prior to the impending spring rain.

Construction on the $985,000 bridge project began in August.

Funding for the bridge replacement came from federal bridge funds provided through MoDOT.

Kansas City Missouri Water Services has $112,000 invested in the bridge replacement because of the water line.

The Sharp's Station Bridge is located over the Platte River on Interurban Road north of Platte City. On Aug. 12, 2002, the bridge was pushed off the pier into the Platte River where it was dismantled.

The bridge was the oldest and largest deficient bridge in Platte County.