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Old 81 Hwy. Frontage Road

 

    Old 81 Hwy Frontage road was closed May 8, 2014 to permit Saline County Road and Bridge Department staff the opportunity to perform detailed assessments of the condition of the badly deteriorated bridge. This road section is the short northernmost east/west leg of the Old 81 Hwy. frontage road located about 0.5 mile south of the Ottawa County line.  This closure of will not cut off access to private properties. 

    Federal law requires that bridges that cannot be certified to carry at least a three-ton load must be closed to protect public safety.  It is not known at this time how long these sections of road will be closed. 

 

Link Road

 

    Link road was closed May 8, 2014 to permit Saline County Road and Bridge Department staff the opportunity to perform detailed assessments of the condition of the badly deteriorated bridge.  The road section is Link Road starting about 800 feet north of State Hwy. 140 up to Shilling Road which is about 700 feet north of the bridge.  This closure will not cut off access to private properties. 

     Federal law requires that bridges that cannot be certified to carry at least a three-ton load must be closed to protect public safety.  It is not known at this time how long these sections of road will be closed.   

 

Thompson Road

 

    Thompson Road from Humbargar Road to Lockard Road was closed to through traffic June 2, 2014 to permit Saline County Road and Bridge Department staff the opportunity to perform detailed assessments of the condition of the 240-foot long bridge over the Saline River.  This closure was prompted by recent observed changes in the condition of the bridge.  Closure of this road does not cut off access to any private properties as there are several alternate routes around this area. 

     The bridge was posted at 15-ton maximum load many years ago and has been inspected and monitored frequently throughout that time period.  Despite the posting, drivers of loaded semi trailer trucks weighing 40 or more tons and tractors towing grain carts which present even worse load combinations than semi trailer trucks have been observed to continue crossing the bridge.

    Federal  law requires that bridges that cannot be certified to carry at least a specified minimum load must be closed to protect public safety.  It is not known at this time how long this section of road will be closed.  Closure of this bridge should have minimal impact on grain harvest traffic as use of this bridge by semi trailer truck traffic was already illegal due to the load posting.