A major step toward the completion of the SW Thunder Rd. Bridge Replacement Project was underway Thursday morning when crews began the deck pour.
The replacement of the bridge was on the county's agenda three years down the road, but the project was moved ahead because of the poor condition of the bridge and the spike of heavy equipment traffic, due to the levy project work nearby. The project was let in the fall.
"The old bridge had big chunks of concrete missing. It was in terrible shape," Butler County Director of Public Works and County Engineer Darryl Lutz advised.
Aware of the inconvenience the bridge closing has caused for many who frequently travel the route, Lutz felt an update was in order.
"I'm very much satisfied with the progress. We've been lucky - the weather has been cooperative. The deck pouring is a big thing. It gets us closer to the goal of 135 working days for the project." he said.
Tenting is visible off the sides of the bridge. The concrete is curing and heaters, placed under the tents, keep the temperature from falling below 40 degrees.