Taylor Bridge

Work progresses on the Taylor Bridge. (Contributed photo)

Bridge construction and planning progress were the main topics during a light Marion County Commission meeting in Palmyra, Monday.

Progress on the Taylor Bridge was reported on, and commissioners took an early step on the CR 402 bridge project.

Commissioners signed off on an $18,254.10 reimbursement for engineering and design work on the CR 402 bridge to be performed by Peopping, Stone, Bach & Associates out of Quincy, Ill.

However, it was determined the earliest construction on the bridge can begin will be the fall of next year.

Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, said work would have to wait until after the Taylor Bridge is completed and the county can obtain more matching funds.

Presiding Commissioner David Lomax said the Taylor Bridge is coming along with the three support beams put in place this past week.

He was told pre-formed deck pieces would be put in place this week after which work would be shut down for the winter.

In other business, Mike Schaefer, county highway supervisor, said there was some damage from the windstorm which blew through the area last Tuesday evening.

“We were pretty fortunate,” he said, noting his roads crews had some limbs and branches to clear away.

Lomax said it could have been worse in that the storm went through very fast, making early warning difficult.

Schaefer said his department is ready for winter weather.

“I’d like to have had more salt on hand, but we’ll deal with it,” noting that salt is slow in coming in from suppliers.

“We should be okay for the time being,” Schaefer said.

Stice introduced the new courthouse janitor, Larry Johnson, to the commissioners.

He will be maintaining both the Palmyra and Hannibal courthouses.