Why on earth would they consider replacing this bridge. It is in good condition. At least good enough to handle the minimal traffic it receives daily.
Why not replace the low lying concrete brideges scattered around the countryside not too far from the same area. Those are dangerous bridges. Especially during heavy rain. They are mostly unseeable until you get right on top of them. If a person is unfamiliar with the area and does not know of these bridges it could be a tragedy for someone. I for one was one of these people not more than a year and a half ago that was unfamiliar to the area. I came around a corner and down hill (in the dark) and almost drove right into the rushing water. Scared the living daylights out of me. Why replace a beautiful historic bridge that is not dangerous when those concrete low-water bridges exist and are a very real danger?
from what i can see all this bridge needs is a few boards screwed down.But hey its johnson county MO.Just look at our roads like TT HIGHWAY THE GRAVEL ROADS around it are in better shape.
Wasteful or stimulating?
This may be the last open through truss in Johnson County. I believe it's the last major replacement planned for now in the county. I'm not completely familiar with the funding but I think it's the county doing the replacement, so MoDOT may not be to blame for anything more than the bad example it sets.
Yes... this looks like a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. The ratings are really very good and it is more than capable of carrying a handful of cars a day.
The bridge features some very unique and unusual channel and batten endposts and upper chords. I don't see anything that suggests that this one can't be rehabbed.
Of course we are talking about PennDOT's evil little brother MoDOT here... so logic is likely irrelevant.
That bridge looks like a pretty solid unit. Why not renovate it? Too logical, I guess.
Now that just sounds silly.
Now wait, sufficiency rating of over 52%, traffic count of 20 and they want to replace it?
Bids for replacement will be requested by the end of 2011.