When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth County commissioners voted to approve a change order as part of the design work on a bridge replacement project in High Prairie Township.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth County commissioners voted to approve a change order as part of the design work on a bridge replacement project in High Prairie Township.

The project will replace a bridge that is located on McIntyre Road between 203rd Street and 211th Street. The bridge spans across Stranger Creek.

Deputy Public Works Director Sarah Shafer said the estimated total cost of the bridge replacement project is about $1.5 million.

The $40,000 change order will address a mistake that was discovered in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's modeling for Stranger Creek, according to Shafer.

“Our engineers caught the mistake,” she said.

She said FEMA requires a review process to address the issue. She said the county will be charged a $15,000 review fee.

Wilson & Company, the engineering firm working on the design for the new bridge, will charge the county an additional $25,000 for work related to the process.

Without going through the process, the county would have to raise the elevation of the bridge. And this would increase the cost of the project by an estimated $600,000, according to Shafer.

Commission Chairman Louis Klemp asked if FEMA will accept what the county is doing.

Shafer answered, “Yes.”

Commissioner Doug Smith asked if the existing bridge can be rehabbed instead of being replaced with a new structure.

Shafer said the existing bridge is not eligible for a rehab.

Smith said bridges are not something that county officials can keep kicking down the road. He made the motion to approve the change order. The motion was unanimously approved by the three commissioners.

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