Marjorie Bain of Stilwell wondered why the Metcalf Avenue bridge over the Blue River was closed again last month after having reopened only two months earlier. Couldn’t the work have been done when the bridge was closed before?
Johnson County and Overland Park officials had closed Metcalf between 167th and 179th streets in the fall of 2013. Work included building a new bridge deck and applying a polymer overlay, Overland Park city engineer Dan Miller said.
The project originally was slated for completion in November, but administrative problems and the discovery of structural problems with the bridge pushed back the estimated completion date.
The bridge reopened in late May even though all work wasn’t completed.
Kansas Gas Service needed to reattach a gas line under the bridge, Miller said, but had problems with materials.
“We also had culvert replacements to do east of the bridge, and we wanted to not have too many roads closed at the same time,” Miller said.
The stretch of road remained open until July 28, when it was closed so the gas line and deck overlay work could be done. The bridge reopened about a week later and has remained open since, Miller said.
The project cost about $835,000.
Now the Dog can once again feel the wind in his fur on that stretch of Metcalf and, while he might have welcomed a spontaneous dip in the Blue, motorists won’t have to worry about him taking an unplanned plunge.
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