On Sept. 18, the Barry County Commission awarded a $67,484.75 bid to Ellick Garren Excavation for a stream bank stabilization project, which will be completed beneath the Jenkins Bridge on Highway 39.
The project, which is a combined effort of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) and the Missouri Department of Conservation, includes plans to create a new bank, place large stones along the bank and secure the stones with rip rap.
Southern Barry County Commissioner Eddie Davison suggested the project to repair the land beneath the Jenkins Bridge that has been eroded by recent flooding.
"Flat Creek continues to further erode some of the property's best bottom land," said Davison. "The way it is eroding it is making a loop in the field and has the potential to wash away the abutments of the Highway 39 bridge."
Although the project is being funded by MODOT and the Conservation Department, the local county commission is responsible for bidding and overseeing the work.