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Demolition of historic Charles City bridge underway

Bridge will be replaced with new structure, and depending on funding, is expected to be completed in 2020

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 10:07 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2018 8:17 AM

CHARLES CITY, Iowa - Crews began tearing down the 108 year old Charley Western Recreation Trail Bridge Tuesday.

Parts of the bridge began to collapse last year, prompting the city to close access both across and under the bridge.

It will be replaced with a bridge designed for pedestrian and bike traffic, and will include space for emergency vehicles if needed. The city is currently looking into ways to pay for the new bridge, with the cost estimated at $2 million.

Jim Davis has been involved with converting the former railroad bed into a trail, and is looking toward what's next.

"The bridge was the showpiece part of the trail, it's just gorgeous there. And that bridge was built in 1910. And it's kind of something that we hated to lose. But on the other hand, we are going to build it back."

Davis notes of the uniqueness of the trail that loops around town, and is looking toward what's next.

"It goes through industrial areas, it goes through residential areas, it goes through just plain open areas. But really the showpiece part of our trail was this bridge, and we're sure going to be happy to get it back up someday."

Depending on funding, the bridge is expected to be completed in 2020.

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