Johnson County Replacing Historic Keim Bridge

TECUMSEH – Johnson County commissioners heard reports on the replacement of the 1916 Keim bridge and juvenile services grants at their meeting Tuesday.

Highway Superintendent Matt Schaardt said the concrete deck for the new bridge on 624 Avenue northeast of Tecumseh should be completed this week.

The Keim Bridge was considered the last surviving stone bridge built by the prolific Keim Cement Company.

Schaardt said the county and state Historical Society searched for ways to save the structure, but it was decided that the new bridge could not be built around it. The county received a $150,000 grant to demolish the outdated bridge.

A white marble marker from the bridge site has been donated for display at the Johnson County Museum.

In other road matters, Schaardt said the county received a Christmas greeting from Martin Marietta that included a notice that rock prices have increased.

Commissioners reported that the county roads are in the best shape they have been in for years.

Laura Osborn also reported regarding the annual juvenile justice grant for Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee and Richardson counties.

The state Crime Commission is providing $1,624 to the county from the region’s share of $83,629.

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