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A bridge replacement project will begin beginning September 16, 2019, on SE Chelsea Rd. over the Little Walnut River, located approximately 0.8 miles south of Leon, KS. The road will be closed during construction. Construction is expected to last approximately until the end of March 2020.
The Butler County Public Works department reports the bridge deck is in very poor condition and needed to be removed and replaced. Unfortunately, the existing bridge abutments are built on wood piles that eventually will rot out. The cost estimate to replace the bridge deck and to replace the abutments was close to two thirds the cost of replacing the bridge with a new bridge that meets current design standards for truck loading and roadway width. The decision was made to replace the bridge with a new bridge that should have a service life exceeding 75 years. The new bridge will be slightly longer, will have a 30’ width and will align better with the channel.