GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission discussed bridge projects at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Kenny Blair from Cook, Flatt and Strobel Engineers updated the commission on the schedule for the current bridge project on E. Centennial Avenue in Pittsburg. The contractor for the project, Mission Construction, was granted a change order adding 11 days to the original 160 calendar days allotted for the project earlier this year, and began those 11 days Wednesday.

Blair said he was doubtful that the project would be finished within 11 days. He said the project is likely a couple months from completion.

“We had a wet spring and wetter than usual summer,” Blair said.

If the contract reaches the end of its allotted time — and another change order is not granted by the commission — Mission Construction will have to pay the county liquidated damages of $1,000 per day, except Sundays and holidays, until the project is completed.

The commission agreed to keep the contract as is, not accepting another change order unless a strong case is made for one by Mission.

Blair also consulted the commission on expanding two concrete box culverts east of Walnut at the intersection of 690th and 90th streets. Local farmers spoke to Commissioner Jeff Murphy about expanding the bridge to 20-foot-wide in order to cross it with large machinery.

The bridge is currently only rated for 10 tons, but Blair said pouring a new deck across the whole bridge after widening would bring it up to 20 tons. However, that will include extra time and money.

Blair recommended tearing out the box culverts and replacing them with three, seven-foot aluminum tubes. The county could do this work themselves, and only have to pay for engineering costs. If the tubes are put in properly, there would be no weight limit on the new bridge.

The commission will consider these options.

County Clerk Don Pyle reported that the budget hearing for all four county fire districts has been moved from August 22 to August 29. The overall county budget hearing will still be at 10 a.m. August 22.

At 9 a.m. August 18, the county will have a work session with Blake Benson and Dave Goble to discuss Crawford County Visitors Bureau contracts.

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