The executive director of the Leavenworth County Development Corporation provided insight Thursday about what a new Missouri River bridge in Leavenworth could look like.

The executive director of the Leavenworth County Development Corporation provided insight Thursday about what a new Missouri River bridge in Leavenworth could look like.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is conducting a study to look at options for replacing the Centennial Bridge, which spans across the river between Leavenworth and Platte County, Missouri.

LCDC Executive Director Steve Jack serves on an advisory committee for the study.

He provided an update about the study Thursday during a meeting of the LCDC Board of Directors.

Jack said the advisory committee met last month.

He said officials are looking at replacing the current two-lane Centennial Bridge with a new four-lane bridge that would include an additional lane for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

He said officials are pushing a design known as a haunched plate bridge instead of a span bridge, such as the Centennial Bridge.

Jack said the use a haunched plate bridge design could mean the bridge would cost $50 million instead $75 million.

LCDC board member Harland Russell said concern about the aesthetics of the cheaper and less eye-catching haunched plate bridge is valid.

He said the Centennial Bridge is something for which the community is known.

Jack said there currently is no funding allocated for the construction of a new bridge.

Leavenworth City Manager Scott Miller said the completion of the study will put the bridge construction project in consideration for the state's next 10-year T-Works program.

"This puts this project in the queue to be funded for construction," he said.

For major KDOT projects of this type, there is an anticipation of local participation in funding, Miller said.

He said the local participation for the bridge construction would be paid for from toll fees charged once the bridge opens.

Earlier in its history, Centennial Bridge was a toll bridge. But tolls are no longer collected on the bridge.

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