High water this fall and the coming of winter has put the Taylor bridge project behind schedule.

Marion County Commissioners learned that “realistically” it could be April before the bridge is completed because of the delays.

Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, reported on the bridge during the Monday commission meeting, at which the commissioners also reviewed preliminary plans for the bridge on County Road 402, heard an update from MoDOT on bridge work, approved the purchase of carpet squares and approved a contract for updating the county’s hazardous mitigation plan.

According to Stice, the Taylor bridge definitely won’t be completed in December as planned, and the county cannot count Dec. 15 through March 15 as working days for the construction crews.

Any days they can work during that time is just bonus, she said.

She also noted that colder temperatures mean nothing can be done with asphalt, even if the water goes down soon, and that is not expected to happen for a while.

With all of those issues, Stice said, Jim Bensman with MECO Engineering informed her the bridge probably won’t be completed until April.

The slow-down with the Taylor bridge is also affecting the proposed new bridge on County Road 402.

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