Tri States Public Radio Staff
Restoration vs. Reconstruction
Wed May 23, 2012
Burlington to Study Bridge
Burlington could soon have a better idea of what to do with Cascade Bridge. The bridge, which is about 115 years old, has been closed to vehicular traffic for about 4 years.
The city was ready to spend several million dollars to tear it down and build a new one. It even had received a $1-million grant to help cover the cost.
The state stepped in, though, to make sure Burlington considered restoring the structure.
The city council has agreed to have Shuck-Britson, Inc. out of Des Moines study the bridge.
City Manager Jim Ferneau says the firm has the experience and expertise Burlington wants for this project. He says it has both recommended restoration and reconstruction.
The study is expected to cost the city about $50,000. The final figure will be determined once the two sides have agreed upon a contract.
Ferneau says the study should take about four months to complete.
The city received 3 proposals from engineering firms.