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Wade Skidmore has farm land on both sides of the bridge being replaced on Pleasant Valley Road in East Morgan County. He said he will have to travel several miles around to get to the other side of his farm while work is going on to replace the bridge.
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Wade Skidmore has farm land on both sides of the bridge being replaced on Pleasant Valley Road in East Morgan County. He said he will have to travel several miles around to get to the other side of his farm while work is going on to replace the bridge.

Another old bridge going down in Morgan

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

Another old bridge is coming down in the east end of Morgan County.

Workers have isolated the aged bridge on Pleasant Valley Road with construction signs, according to County Engineer Greg Bodley.

Construction will take about 60 days, Bodley said.

The current bridge was built in 1950 and is 30 by 16 feet.

It will be replaced with a culvert and guardrails.

The roadway will be 20 feet wide with four-foot shoulders, Bodley said.

District 4 Commissioner Stacy George said the old concrete bridge was deteriorating.

"This will make it safer for school buses and everyone who drives across the bridge," said George.

"We regret the inconvenience it might cause, but I believe the people will be happy with the end results."

While the bridge is out, Bodley said, motorists may use a detour route from Apple Grove Road to Union Hill Road to U.S. 231.

About 115 motorists travel the rural road each day.

The cost is $346,766.

Federal aid helps

Federal aid money will pay $277,413 and $69,353 will come out of George's district shop budget.

In addition to the bridge, District 4 schools have gotten added safety with caution lights.

Two standing lights have been placed at Cotaco School and two are planned for Ryan Elementary, George said.

"I've been working with the Department of Transportation for over a year to get these lights." George said. "We have an agreement that DOT furnishes the lights and the county pays maintenance. The school board will pay for electricity. The lights, which are free to us, are valued at $10,000 total. It'll make it safer for our school kids for sure."

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