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News Release: Creamery Bridge Anticipated Timeline of Repair

NEWS RELEASE
April 9, 2021

AN UPDATE ON THE CREAMERY BRIDGE AND ESTIMATED TIMELINE OF REPAIR

Osawatomie, Kansas – City Manager Mike Scanlon toured the damage at the Creamery Bridge (8th Street) on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, with Miami County Engineering Project Manager Matt Oehlert. Scanlon and Oehlert discussed the next steps necessary and the areas of repair that would be needed; primarily, the vertical hangers inside the south east arch in the northbound lane of the bridge.

            Officials estimate that it will take an estimated 90-100 days to prepare specifications and submit permits for approvals to conduct the repairs (noting that this is an historic structure and all work will require approval by the State of Kansas); bid the repairs to be made this summer (2021); begin repairs in mid-late summer (2021); complete necessary repairs by the end summer/early fall (2021). During this process, officials must also certify the structure for the loads that can be carried and modify any signage required. Following the successful completion of these steps, the bridge and its roadways will be opened after construction completion in the fall of 2021.

            The historic bridge was damaged on April 1st, 2021, following a motor vehicle accident and was subsequently closed to all traffic due to safety concerns. Updates regarding the bridge and other City news can be found at www.osawatomieks.org.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Sam Moon, Public Information Officer
[email protected]
913-755-2146 x103

Bridge Closed: 8th Street (Creamery)

Due to damage sustained in an accident, the 8th Street bridge (Creamery Bridge) is closed until further notice. Please use an alternate route. This closure includes Plum Creek Road from Osawatomie City Limits to 335th Street.

An employee of Miami County accidentally hit parts of the bridge and caused damage to some support pillars. The County is awaiting an inspection to gauge the level of damage and to determine the repairs that will be required. Once there’s a plan for repairs, we will be able to provide residents with a better calendar for when the bridge might be accessible again.

If you have questions, please direct them to City Manager Mike Scanlon or Public Information Officer Sam Moon.