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Morgan County bridges almost complete

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

Two roads in Morgan County could re-open this week as work crews finish two bridges. Keller Hollow Road Bridge has been out since November, and work began on Pleasant Valley Road Bridge in January.

County Engineer Greg Bodley said the bridge work is almost complete.

"The only things remaining are guardrails and striping," said Bodley. "We are anticipating construction being completed this week."

Both bridges were more than 50 years old and made of concrete with steel beams.

The old structure on Keller Hollow Road was 34 feet long and 14 feet wide. Its replacement is a three-barrel concrete bridge culvert.

It is 66 feet long.

The Pleasant Valley Bridge was 30 feet long and 16 feet wide. Its replacement is a three-barrel concrete culvert that's 42 feet long.

Each bridge will have guardrails, and the roadway in each area will be 20 feet wide with shoulders 4 feet wide, Bodley said.

"We know it has been an inconvenience for the people, but they will have a new, safer structure to travel on," Bodley said.

"The other structures were hazardous, and we were glad we had the funds to replace them."

The Pleasant Valley project cost $350,000, and Keller Hollow cost $490,000.

Federal funds will pay 80 percent of the costs, and the county will pay 20 percent.

Seventy-eight motorists travel on Keller Hollow each day and 115 travel on Pleasant Valley, according to Bodley.

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