Troublesome Creek Bridge Closed For Emergency Repairs
By Echo Menges
The Troublesome Creek Bridge on Route E three miles south of Knox City was unexpectedly closed by MODOT for emergency repairs last Wednesday afternoon, January 4, 2011 after a routine bridge inspection revealed a bowed wooden pile in the south pier. As a precautionary measure MODOT officials closed the bridge. Regional Bridge Maintenance Supervisor Ed Leivian and his crew arrived from Macon last Wednesday and continued to work on the bridge until the problem was solved. They spent the remainder of Wednesday and all of Thursday preparing the ground around the south pier for two more steel piles to be added. They planed to drive two steel H piles into the ground on either side of the bowed wooden one to take the stress off of it. Once they had the steel piles in and secured they reopend the bridge. Originally MODOT officials expected the bridge to reopen Friday, January 7 but after seeing what the job would entail they pushed back their timeline to Friday, January 14. Supervisor Leivian said, depending on the weather, the job could have taken two full weeks to complete. He and his crew worked hard to get it open as soon as possible, finished most of the repairs and opened the bridge Monday, Jan. 10. The bridge will have to close again for one day while they repair a hole in the deck where they drove the steel pile through. A metal plate is covering the hole now. The date of that closure has not been released, but MODOT officials expect it be either this week or next week. MODOT recommends motorists use Highway 6, Route D, and Route U as alternates when they close the bridge again. According to MODOT the Troublesome Creek Bridge was built in 1948 and is 63 years old. It is scheduled for replacement through MODOT’s Safe and Sound Bridge Program and could be replaced as early as this summer.