County Highway Department discussed Davis Bridge

Dawn Rye | Writer

During last week’s Turner County commissioner meeting, a motion was made to replace the Davis Bridge in Turner Township with a modular bridge.

Turner County Highway Superintendent Kent Austin said the bridge he and his crew have been working on west of Davis was cleared from the historical list.

He explained the 62.8’ long x 18’ wide eight-panel Pratt truss bridge would be replaced with an 80’x24’ wide steel modular bridge. Austin noted the bridge is located two miles east of SD Hwy 19 and one quarter south, which is west of Davis.

Chairman Lyle VanHove asked when the completion date will be?

Austin replied that the delivery date is scheduled for June and he hopes to have it competed in the fall. 

He explained Holloway Construction of Mitchell would tear out the old Pratt truss bridge. He said the reason he went to an 80’x 24’ wide was because there is a sweep going into and a curve coming out noted Austin. 

Commissioner Mark Kaufman asked how much does Holloway get for labor?

Austin said the Holloway Construction crew consists of four guys and cranes at $425.00 per hour based on the equipment needed to complete to project. However, the $780,000 in Trump money would completely cover the bridge cost the county, he said.

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