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New Scenic Drive route/bridge approved

New Scenic Drive route/bridge approved

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PLATTSMOUTH – The route on Scenic Drive to and from Weeping Water to the southeast will eventually become a straighter one, also.

On Tuesday, the Cass County Board of Commissioners gave the go-ahead for a new bridge on Scenic Drive over Weeping Water Creek that would replace the current bridge that has apparently run its course.

“It’s structurally deficient and in very poor shape,” said Lenny Thorne, county roads superintendent.

What’s more, the current setup on Scenic Drive features a sharp 90-degree turn just south of the creek.

The new route and bridge will be much straighter, though the speed limit will be dropped to 25 mph, Thorne said.

An original proposal allowing drivers to travel at 50 mph would have come with a higher price tag, he added.

“We’re still looking at a 180-foot structure,” he said.

Estimated cost is $1 million-plus, he added.

There’s much to do in the meantime, according to Thorne.

There’s the design work, right of way purchases, plus the actual construction. Altogether, it could still be three years before it’s done, he said.

There’s something else that could take some time – the arrival of two dump trucks for his department, according to Thorne.

The board approved the purchase of two MACK trucks for $366,160.

“We won’t see them until the fall of 2022,” he said. “That’s about six months later than normal.”

The COVID-19 virus has caused a slowdown in the manufacturing of parts, Thorne said.

“Those trucks will replace aging trucks that we will sell,” he said.

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