This is a follow-up to our report dated 8-21-18. End of last August, we were awarded the National Park Service matching funds grant in the amount of $6,000. This allowed us to seek a qualified Engineering firm to do an assessment of our bridge. This was not an easy task, as several negotiations fell through, but we are happy with the firm we selected: Sparks Engineering, Inc., out of San Antonio, Texas. Their team of engineers visited the bridge on December 11, 2018. They checked, measured, and took samples home for analysis. Now we await their report which will most likely take several weeks to produce.
In the meantime, we continue discussions with MoDOT about insurance for the bridge. When “our attorney will call your attorney” is involved, things take time.
We still face the potential deadline of March 2019 when the bridge could be scheduled for demolition. We are hopeful this date is not buried in concrete, but we are ever mindful of the potential for a renewed fight to keep our bridge alive.
As soon as the engineers' assessment is available, we will update again. The Guardians want to thank all our faithful donors – without whom we could not exist, and our bridge would be doomed. We are as frustrated as you that the wheels turn slowly – but at this point, we are happy the assessment is almost a reality! Stay tuned.