Hungate Bridge added to Clay County construction program
The Hungate Bridge has been closed since early December, but the bridge was added to a five year construction program for Clay County on Jan. 22.
The bridge is on 300 St., a half a mile west of the O'Brian county line, and it doesn't have a high traffic count, according to Clay County Engineer Scott Rinehart.
"It's had a six-ton weight limit since 1982. It's been there and been serviceable, but the last inspection said 'close it,'" Rinehart said. "We're trying to figure out if we should keep it closed or replace it."
Replacing it would cost the county $400,000 for a 24-foot wide bridge, Rinehart said. The bridge was put into the five-year program, but that doesn't mean it will be replaced.
"If it's a wise expenditure, we will replace it," Rinehart said. "It's on a low-volume road. If we can maintain it well, we will."
The main argument to replace the bridge is to let farmers use the bridge so they don't have to use Highway 18.
"I used it as a way to stay off 18," said local farmer Dean Holst. "It would be nice for it to be open again because it's a four-mile stretch with it closed."
Paperwork is getting started to look into replacing the bridge, according to Rinehart.