Commissioners approved a $1.3 million bid recommendation to replace a bridge south of Manhattan.

The bids are for the West 32nd bridge, which is near Ashland Bottoms.

The structure is on 32nd Avenue near South 24th Street. The approval was unanimous.

King Construction of Hesston is to begin the project in January of 2022. The estimated cost is $1,284,589.40. Officials expect to start work at the end of January and said it will take about 150 working days.

The commission on Monday also approved bridge inspections throughout the county with Schwab-Eaton.

In other news, the commission:

• Signed a letter of support through the Flint Hills Regional Council for a federal grant for an EPA Brownfields assessment for the fiscal year 2022.

The Brownfields program provided grants and technical assistance to states and communities to clean up and sustainably reuse contaminated properties.

• Approved the retirement of Steve Higgins, zoning enforcement officer, from Riley County after 23 years of service.