PITTSBURG — Work on replacing a bridge on Centennial Avenue has been slow, but completion is drawing near.

Completion of the bridge was originally scheduled for August, but rain and other delays have slowed work. Currently, the bridge is in place, but rock and asphalt work are still needed before the road can open.

“The concrete is 100 percent poured, and all the base rock is down,” Crawford County Asphalt Foreman Randy Chiartano said. “The rock has to cure before asphalt can be placed, but they are working on the shoulder and approaches.”

Chiartano has served as the county’s liaison to the project, which is being completed by Mission Construction. The county granted mission 11 extra days on the contracted schedule for the project when heavy rain in May created the need for additional base work.

Even with the extension, the contracted completion date was in late August. Since then, Mission has had to pay the county liquidated damages of $1,000 per day each day over the contract the bridge is not complete — excluding Sundays and holidays.

Chiartano said it will take around seven days for the base rock to properly cure before the first layer of asphalt can be laid on the bridge. Heckert Construction serves as a subcontractor for Mission and does asphalt work for its projects.

“They’ve got to let it cure about seven days, and then how quickly Heckert can get here will also affect their timeframe,” Chiartano said.

With curing, asphalt and additional work, Chiartano said Mission expects to have the bridge open by the middle of November — but that is assuming everything remains on schedule and weather does not create unworkable days.

The City of Pittsburg plans to overlay Centennial Avenue with new asphalt and will lay asphalt right up to the bridge, then as part of the project, the county will asphalt the rest of the mile section.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.