Rum River level slows work on CR 12 bridge

Joel Stottrup / Union-Eagle Part of the County 12 bridge has been removed as work progresses on a new bridge.

Joel Stottrup / Union-Eagle
Part of the County 12 bridge has been removed as work progresses on a new bridge.

Demolishing the concrete bridge on Mille Lacs County Road 12, west of Mille Lacs County Road 1, was temporarily halted in late June due to high water on the Rum River, according to Mille Lacs Public Works Director Bruce Cochran. The demolition precedes the construction of a replacement bridge.
The high water followed the big storm in the early hours of June 21.
Robert R. Schroeder Construction, Glenwood, is the contractor for the $800,000-plus project. The project began in June and the target completion is early November. Cochran said a time contingency has been built into the project, so the contractor should meet deadline.
The old bridge, which was built in the 1970s, was constructed with two piers, while the replacement bridge will have one pier. The problem with the old bridge was that an abutment was moving and it had insufficient pillars, according to Cochran.
Barricades and signs are set up to keep people from going on that stretch of County Road 12 where the construction site is located.

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