Commission to hear Belvue Bridge findings

By The Mercury

Representatives of the Truesdell Corporation will present their findings on the Belvue Bridge to county commissioners Monday, July 28, at Westmoreland.

Commissioners from both Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee counties are expected to be in attendance for the presentation, scheduled for 1 p.m.

The engineering analysis in early May included 20 5-inch concrete core samples taken from the bridge deck. Lab testing of the core samples should help reveal whether the 60-year-old span across the Kansas River east of Belvue can be repaired or needs to be replaced.

Truesdell is an Arizona-based firm which specializes in bridge rehabilitation using a concrete polyester overlay process. Representatives of the company inspected the aging Belvue Bridge in November of 2012, and recommended the more thorough engineering analysis. That analysis was approved by both commissions.

“Basically, the whole analysis will answer the question that needs to be answered: Is the lightweight concrete in good enough condition for our polyester overlay?” Mark LeMay of Truesdell told commissioners in November.

The polyester overlay would cost the counties anywhere from $1.5 million to $3 million, Truesdell estimated. The only other option is to replace the bridge at an estimated cost of $3 million.

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