The Edgar County Highway Department was forced to take emergency action and close Clark Road earlier this week.
A bridge approximately one-quarter mile east of 2075th Street is out, forcing the closing. The closing is between Edgar County 2075th Street and Clark County 2480th Street. All traffic that commonly uses the Clark Road in that vicinity must find alternative routes.
“The last storm that came through caused it to collapse,” said highway department employee Joshua Knight.
While the bridge crossing is intact, a section of road approaching the bridge did collapse into a large hole and washed out backfill support for the bridge abutment.
County engineer Aaron Lawson discussed the status of the bridge with county board members during the June 10 Road and Bridge meeting. Lawson said at that time the structure was scheduled for replacement but he was delaying closing the road in order to give weather-plagued farmers as much opportunity as possible to complete planting.
His plan was to close the road as soon as farm work concluded and keep the road closed while replacement work is under way. Because Clark Road is on the county line, Clark County is helping with the cost of the replacement.
Work will begin as soon as possible, but Knight said some of the material ordered to replace the structure has not yet arrived.