Some residents ignore road closure signs

by Dennis Sharkey

More measures will be taken to keep travelers off of a bridge on 154th Street near Valley Falls.

Road Closed signRoad and Bridge Director Francis Hubbard said on Monday that barriers that had been put in place on the bridge had been moved and traffic was once again crossing the bridge.

Hubbard said over the holiday weekend the barriers had been moved again. They were put back in place and nailed down.

However, Hubbard doesn’t believe that travelers will stop moving the barriers.

Utility companies will be contacted in the next couple of weeks and after everyone has been notified Hubbard plans on placing piles of dirt to block the bridge.

“I can’t afford having somebody go through it and doing further damage to their vehicle or further damage to the bridge,” Hubbard said.

“I knew it was going to happen,” he added. “The only other way to prevent it is to create a big hole.”

The bridge was closed earlier this fall after an inspection revealed structural damage to the bridge. Hubbard deemed the bridge unsafe.

Hubbard said the process for a bridge replacement will begin soon. The county must obtain permits because construction will take place over a waterway. He said the process should take about 60 days. Construction could begin as early as March 1.

“They are a time consuming deal,” Hubbard said of the permitting process.

In other actions:

• County Commissioners approved resolutions that set salaries for department directors and elected officials. The salaries will not change from this year.

• Commissioners met with the owner of a cell phone tower located near the intersection of U.S. 24 Highway and K-4 Highway. The owner is selling the tower to another operator and is seeking to transfer the conditional use permit to the new owner without the public hearing process.

Commissioners look to approve the transfer next week. They also discussed how future tower situations will be handled. Commissioners do not have a problem with transferring permits but would like to see a review process to ensure proper bonding is in place for towers.

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