Bridge to re­con­nect county nearly fin­ished

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­news.com

It’s been a busy week on the Lit­tle River, as con­struc­tion crews from New­ton County have worked hard and fast to fin­ish re­build­ing a bridge con­nect­ing a hand­ful of res­i­dents to the rest of the county.

Tues­day night, New­ton County Com­mis­sion Chair­man Keith El­lis gave an up­date on the project, show­ing through a se­ries of slides that the piles and con­crete to build the bridge’s base are in place. The I-beams and wood that make the bridge’s sur­face are to­gether.

Soon, the beams will be low­ered in place, cov­ered by wood to make it feel and look like the old one, and res­i­dents on the other side won’t have to drive to Mor­gan County to reach any­where else in New­ton, El­lis said.

“A lot’s been done in the past week,” said Com­mis­sioner John Dou­glas, in whose dis­trict the bridge stands. “I know the res­i­dents who have been cut off from New­ton County are happy to see it, and I ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

El­lis said at times the crews work­ing on the bridge have had to drive into Mor­gan County to reach the other side to con­tinue work.

The bridge will cost around $32,000. It should be fin­ished in com­ing weeks.

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