The Starke County Highway Department is looking to save a significant amount of money on a bridge project by using materials they already have on hand. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler says plans call for the replacement of the bridge on 900 South half a mile west of U.S. 421 with a culvert. Plans call for the installation of three 36 inch concrete pipes. Ritzler says the county is looking at using their 96 inch squash pipe they already have in stock. He notes the bridge sees minimal vehicle traffic.
The work is expected to start sometime next month. Ritzler says the county could save upwards of $200,000 by switching out materials.