Marion County Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode has announced that at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, the county commission will stage a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Wenneker Bridge located on County Road 104 in the very northwest corner of the county near the community of Nelsonville.

Marion County Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode has announced that at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, the county commission will stage a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Wenneker Bridge located on County Road 104 in the very northwest corner of the county near the community of Nelsonville.

Bode reports the bridge replacement project was completed on schedule. The old bridge on County Road 104 was built in 1925. It was very narrow and had a 13-ton weight limit. The new bridge is wide enough for two lanes of traffic and will be able to handle most farm machinery.

The new Wenneker Bridge was built by Sharp Excavating, the lowest of five bidders at $193,560. MECO Engineering did the design and inspection work.

Marion County is paying for the bridge through several areas. Approximately $99,000 will be directly paid by the county through the 3/8 cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax. Approximately $83,500 is from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and approximately $11,000 comes from SEMA (State Emergency Management Agency) as the result of the approval of reimbursement for an alternate project from the bridge on County Road 117 that washed out in 2015.