New Cane Creek bridge now open

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Residents of northwestern Butler County appreciate having a new bridge over Cane Creek.

Everyone involved in the project met on the bridge last week to celebrate completion of the project.

"This is the longest bridge we have built with federal funds," said Bill Taylor, who is retiring after 27.5 years as superintendent of the Butler County Highway Department.

The new bridge on County Road 408 has three spans and is 170 feet long. It is 12 feet higher than the previous low water wooden bridge, which flooded during periods of heavy rain.

Robertson, Inc. of Poplar Bluff was awarded a $681,005 contract by the Butler County Commission in February to build the bridge. Construction began in the spring.

The project also involved realignment of the intersection of County Road 408 with County Road 410 and the paving of 200 feet on the west side of the bridge.

Taylor said there have been 16 bridges built in the county with federal funds during his career with the county.

The Smith and Co. engineering firm of Poplar Bluff did the design work for the project.

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