County Commissioners Give Approval On Bridge Replacements

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Shawnee County Commissioners gave the go-ahead on three bridge replacement projects.

The bridges include north of 10th Street on Urish Road. The others are SW 77th Street at Docking and the bridge over SW Glick Road.

Public Works Director, Tom Vlach says all three projects will be funded from the half cents sales tax program approved a decade ago to improve infrastructure around Shawnee County.

Vlach says it's been used to replace 70 bridges in all, proof of how vital it's been.

"Unless we did not have this current sales tax, unless the commission was able to find and approve some alternate funding sources, a lot of these bridges would have ended up being closed," Vlach.

The sales tax expires at the end of 2016.It generates around $14 million annually, with about $9 million of that going toward infrastructure.