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 Sharps 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 Sharps Station Bridge replaces Platte Countys
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 Countys 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