Humboldt bridge: Tests coming

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July 11, 2018 - 12:16 PM

The Neosho River bridge on the west edge of Humboldt will close for a few hours soon for engineering tests. At right, a neighboring sign pleads for help to save the bridge.

The Neosho River bridge at the west edge of Humboldt will be closed to traffic for a few hours soon so engineers can do extensive testing to determine its worthiness to carry day-to-day traffic.

Mitch Garner, director of Public Works, told Allen County commissioners Tuesday morning preliminary examinations of the bridge’s structure had occurred, “but an in-depth study is needed” before decisions are made on whether to effect repairs or replace the span.

The bridge opened in 1932, with construction by J.S. Vance and Son, Parsons. Its design is of the Marsh Engineering firm, Des Moines, Ia., which makes it somewhat unique.

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