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Riddle Bridge repairs required, neighbor tells county commissioners
Riddle Bridge repairs required, neighbor tells county commissioners

Roy Doyle explains problems with Riddle Bridge at Monday morning's county commission meeting.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Feb. 9, 2009) — Most major bridges in Pulaski County are on state highways and maintained by the Missouri Department of Transportation, but several key bridges are maintained by the county road and bridge department.

Those include Riddle Bridge over the Gasconade River that connects Highway Y to Cave Road, allowing access via Highway N between Dixon and St. Robert as a bypass to Highway 28. A resident of the Riddle Bridge area, Ray Doyle, asked county commissioners Monday morning to take several steps to improve the safety and appearance of the bridge and adjacent county-maintained roads.

Doyle said the most important improvement for the public would be cutting brush on Cave Road, but also said gang graffiti on Riddle Bridge and a deep hole of more than 10 feet in the river caused by raging flood waters last spring should be fixed as well.

Commissioner Bill Farnham agreed.

“Cave Road can get pretty bad; brush gets growed up there so bad you can’t see anything,” Farnham said.

Doyle also urged commissioners to consider obtaining a crack sealant to preserve the bridge since bridge replacement or major repairs can be cost-prohibitive.

“The state does it all the time; you could probably even get some help from the state,” Doyle said. “You’re looking at something that’s probably pretty inexpensive. The state says it will last 50 to 75 years and it’ll probably last longer than we’ll be alive, so we won’t have to deal with it.”

Doyle said he realized cutting the brush could be difficult for county workers.

“I know it’s hard work, but if you’ve got a guy you’re aggravated at, you want to give him a shitty job, give him a chainsaw and get even,” Doyle said.

Farnham said he’s contact state officials and said conservation funds may be available since there’s a fishing and river access point close to Riddle Bridge.

In other matters related to the county road and bridge department, Farnham reported that he received a proposed insurance settlement of $17,225 minus a $1,000 deductible for a truck which caught fire Jan. 28 while plowing snow on county roads near Highway T north of Waynesville. The replacement cost will be about $21,000 with the county allowed by its insurance company to keep the burned truck for parts. The truck bed and back tires are still salvageable, Farnham said.

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