An Endangered Species Of Fish Is Driving Up Cost Of Bridge Repair

By: WIBW (Kion Hudson)
By: WIBW (Kion Hudson)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- A small native fish is forcing Shawnee County Commissioners to spend more to replace the Mission Creek Bridge.

Public Works, Director Tom Vlach asked commissioners to increase funding for the project on SW Docking Road from $680,800 to just $819,704.

He says the endangered, "Topeka Shiner" inhabits the waters where the construction would take place.

The project was slated to occur after the Shiner's breeding period, so the Public Works Department had to re-write the permit to allow the contractor to go into the creek.

Vlach says the bridge will be funded by the half cents sales tax and the county can fit the extra cost within currently expected revenue.


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