By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor
No decision on replacing an old but still useful concrete bridge to make it easier for farmers to access fields will be taken by the county until next year, after Don Lawson is sworn into office, replacing Boone County Commissioner Charles Eaton.
The bridge, which is between 80 and 90 years old, carries CR 200 W over a ditch just south of Blubaugh Avenue in northern Boone County.
Residents on CR 200 W, and land owners, have asked the Boone County Commissioners to replace the bridge because it’s only 16-1/2 feet wide, far too narrow for modern farm equipment. The fields are landlocked by a CSX rail line embankment, a woods, and Sugar Creek to the south.
A 60-inch culvert replacing the bridge would cost about $5,000, County Highway Superintendent Rick Carney has said. It would also roughly double the right-of-way, from the current 33-1/2 feet.
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