Logan County Engineer Bret Aukamp
guest speaker at LCG&HS Annual Dinner
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[November 27, 2017]
Bret Aukamp, Logan
County Highway Engineer, was the guest speaker at the Logan County
Genealogical and Historica Society Annual Dinner this year.
He addressed the dinner guests, offering information about the 206
bridges located in the county. Audkamp said there is funding
available to upgrade four bridges per year. Each bridge in the
county is inspected annually. Bridges with safety issues developing
are inspected more often. Aukamp said he is never hesitant to close
a bridge for safety concerns, even though sometimes the public may
be upset by the closure.
Aukamp showed slides of collapsed bridges in other counties and said
that there were instances when lives were endangered, something he
does not want to see happen here at home.
There is funding available to upgrade four of them yearly, with an
increasing number of bridges being added to the list each year for
safety reasons. Each bridge is inspected annually. Those with
current safety concerns are inspected every three months.
Aukampsiad he would not hesitate to close an unsafe bridge even
though the public may be upset by the move. He showed pictures of
collapsed bridges in other counties where lives were endangered.
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With many of the bridges locally being older, they are not built to support the
weight of today's heavier vehicles, which is why monitoring and upgrading those
bridges particularly is vitally important.
Vehicles today are considerably heavier than those of the past putting more
pressure on the bridges than anticipated when many of them were designed.