PALMYRA, Mo. -- The process of paying for the new County Road 313 bridge in Taylor took two steps forward on Monday when the Marion County Commission met at the courthouse in Palmyra.
Marion County Coordinator Teya Stice reports the county made its first payment to the project's contractor, Bleigh Construction, in the amount of $164,443.45.
In another step related to the funding of the new span, County Clerk Valerie Dornberger said the commissioners approved transferring $450,000 from the General Revenue Emergency Fund to the Capital Improvements Fund.
The $450,000 loan will cover roughly half of the bridge's estimated cost of $884,083.60. Stice says the remaining cost will come from the Capital Improvements Fund.
The $450,000 loan will be paid back over time, Stice said.
"It will be budgeted into the Capital Improvements Fund budget next year and the following years, and then it will be transferred," she said.
The rate at which the loan is paid back is a decision that will be made by the commissioners, Stice said.
Stice anticipates that the county will be making monthly payments on the bridge.
"The amount will vary," Stice said.
"It just depends on how much work they get done. There are things that from time to time will cost a lot more, such as the beams. It will be a big cost when they start setting the beams."
The contractor, which received the notice to proceed on Aug. 5, is making headway.
"They are framing up the bents, which are the pillars in the middle of the river," Stice said.
When the commissioners were bidding the project they indicated they would like to see the project completed in 2019. Is that realistic?
"We are still hoping for that," Stice said.