Heat, no rain creating construction ‘headaches’

Construction for the new railroad bridge, above, in Osage City is not progressing as planned at a stand still as the Osage River water levels keep dropping, not allowing the crane barge, right, to get to the bridge.

Construction for the new railroad bridge, above, in Osage City is not progressing as planned at a stand still as the Osage River water levels keep dropping, not allowing the crane barge, right, to get to the bridge.

It’s a given that contractors don’t like a steady diet of rain or snow or really cold weather.

But who would have thought that weeks of no rain could create a construction headache?

It is creating a possible problem for the state Transportation Department’s construction of a second railroad bridge at Osage City — because the Osage River is running lower than usual, and the original plans for the new $20 million, 1,200-foot railroad bridge require construction cranes in the river lifting steel beams and other pieces into place as the bridge is extended across the water.

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