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Bid accepted for bridge

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, June 27th, 2013

A new bridge over the Cheyenne River in eastern Custer County is one step closer to reality.
At its June 19 meeting in Hermosa, the Custer County Commission voted unanimously to accept Heavy Constructors’ bid of $2.9 million to construct the bridge. Heavy Constructors is located in Rapid City.
When finished, the new bridge will be 695 feet long and 30 feet wide. The current bridge is 694 feet long and only 18 feet wide—allowing for only one lane of traffic. The new bridge will have two lanes and a poured-in-place concrete deck. The old bridge will remain in place until the new bridge, to be constructed just west of the current bridge, is completed. It will then be torn down.
Once construction starts on the new bridge, Brosz Engineering and the state will be in charge of the inspection process, while the county will be in charge of making sure any fences taken down are replaced and utility service is not interrupted. The current bridge was constructed in 1934.
The commission also approved another one-year contract with the city to provide the city law enforcement through the Custer County Sheriff’s Department. A new formula is being used to determine how much the city should pay, based more on a per-call basis. The new contract will see the city pay the county $348,000 for its services, a figure both the city and county agree is a fair price.
Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler said his department is now tracking which calls are within city limits, which helps craft the agreement between the two entities. He added that down the road he would like to see the city help with the replacement and maintenance of the sheriff’s department fleet. The $348,000 is about an $8,000 increase over the contract that was agreed on for 2013.
In other news from the June 19 meeting, the commission:

A new bridge over the Cheyenne River in eastern Custer County is one step closer to reality.

At its June 19 meeting in Hermosa, the Custer County Commission voted unanimously to accept Heavy Constructors’ bid of $2.9 million to construct the bridge. Heavy Constructors is located in Rapid City.

When finished, the new bridge will be 695 feet long and 30 feet wide. The current bridge is 694 feet long and only 18 feet wide—allowing for only one lane of traffic. The new bridge will have two lanes and a poured-in-place concrete deck. The old bridge will remain in place until the new bridge, to be constructed just west of the current bridge, is completed. It will then be torn down.

Once construction starts on the new bridge, Brosz Engineering and the state will be in charge of the inspection process, while the county will be in charge of making sure any fences taken down are replaced and utility service is not interrupted. The current bridge was constructed in 1934.

The commission also approved another one-year contract with the city to provide the city law enforcement through the Custer County Sheriff’s Department. A new formula is being used to determine how much the city should pay, based more on a per-call basis. The new contract will see the city pay the county $348,000 for its services, a figure both the city and county agree is a fair price.

Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler said his department is now tracking which calls are within city limits, which helps craft the agreement between the two entities. He added that down the road he would like to see the city help with the replacement and maintenance of the sheriff’s department fleet. The $348,000 is about an $8,000 increase over the contract that was agreed on for 2013.

In other news from the June 19 meeting, the commission:

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