Hannibal company submitted lowest of three bids

Chester Bross Construction of Hannibal will build Marion County's new bridge at Withers Mill on County Road 423. Its bid, the lowest of three opened last week, was accepted unanimously by commissioners during their Nov. 27 meeting at the county courthouse in Palmyra.

The Bross bid of $421,996 was accepted after a review of bid documents by the project's engineer and Teya Stice, the county's capital coordinator.

In November 2016 preliminary plans were approved for a new single-span bridge at Withers Mill, which will be 85 feet long.

The current bridge crosses Bear Creek at Withers Mill, which is just west of Hannibal. Built in 1950, the 65-foot long bridge has a deck width of 18 feet, 6 inches. It features a weight limit of 14 tons.

In other business:

• Stice reported the county had just received the last lien waiver from Sharp Construction, the contractor on the Wenneker Bridge project.

Stice will now send the appropriate paperwork to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) “so we can hopefully be reimbursed for that portion of the Wenneker bridge.”

Stice noted that once SEMA completes its review of the project's final documents they will be forwarded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

• The Nov. 24 work of flag-pole painter Jim Staats at the county courthouse in Palmyra prompted some phone calls from curious observers to county officials.

• Work on the county's 2018 budget will gain momentum during the week of Dec. 11.


Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com