County Engineer Bret Aukamp guest speaker at LCG&HS Annual Dinner
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[November 29, 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.