Couch Excavating removes mud, concrete and remaining debris from the 7th Street bridge on the outskirts of Cassville’s city park Friday. Moving ahead on the bridge project as promised, the city hired the contractor short-term to utilize its equipment to finish removing remaining sections of concrete from the bridge area, which the city started. The city reviewed bids from two contractors to build a new bridge structure at its May 8 meeting. Seven Valleys Construction was the lowest bidder, but before a contract can be awarded, the city must wait for results to come back on a HEC-RAS study, a computer program that models the hydraulics of water flow, said Robert Forrest, public works director for the city. “We’re still waiting on the study, which will show the elevations and hydrology of the creek before a decision can be made and to see what kind of impact that would have,” he said. “The decision [for the new bridge design] is going to be directly proportional to what comes back.” The bridge was damaged from the 2015 floods and temporarily patched until FEMA funds could be secured for repairs, but recent, ongoing rainfall damaged the repair work. Residents may still access the park from Highway 248 or Mineral Springs Road. The city reminds parents not to allow children to play in or around the work area and appreciates residents’ patience as they work to construct a new and improved bridge. Julie Kilmeremail@example.com
Couch Excavating removes mud, concrete and remaining debris from the 7th Street bridge on the outskirts of Cassville’s city park Friday.