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Sharp's Station Bridge to open with ribbon cutting

The Platte County Commission will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new Sharp’s Station Bridge at 3 p.m., April 17.

Following their weekly commission meeting, the commissioners will visit the bridge on Interurban Road and welcome the first automobiles to cross the bridge.

The new Sharp’s Station Bridge replaces Platte County’s oldest and largest deficit bridge that was erected in 1912. Construction of the new $985,000 bridge was completed under budget and two weeks ahead of schedule.

“The new bridge design does not utilize a center pier, which is what used to catch debris beneath the old bridge and cause flooding upstream,” Presiding Commissioner Betty Knight said. “Our efforts to replace a very old bridge with a structure that embodies the future of Platte County’s roads and bridges were successful.”

Work to replace the bridge over the Platte River began on Aug. 5, 2002. Funding for the bridge replacement came from 80 percent federal funds, administered by MoDOT, and a 20 percent local match.

The county teamed with Emery Sapp & Sons of Columbia, Mo. to complete the work, which included:

•Construction of a 24-foot by 322-foot steel girder structure across the river; and

•Associated road and channel work.

“The previous bridge was obsolete and traffic that crossed it was restricted by vehicle width and weight,” 1st District Commissioner Steve Wegner said. “This bridge is much safer than its predecessor.”

For more information, contact Dale Thomas, Public Wor