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Evansville bridge nears completion

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GINA R. HEINE
October 24, 2011
What it is: A new bridge is under construction over Allen Creek on East Main Street in downtown Evansville. The old bridge was built in 1930 and widened in 1960.

The bridge has been closed since early August, and traffic is rerouted using South Union, Water and Madison streets.


The construction was planned for last summer but was delayed when the city needed more time to buy property from adjacent landowners, City Administrator Dan Wietecha said.


R.T. Fox Contractors of Edgerton also upgraded undersized water mains as part of the project. Concrete Structures of Janesville is doing the bridge work, while R.H. Batterman of Beloit is the project engineer.


What’s the progress: The work has gone well and is on schedule, said Pat Gardner, project engineer. Curb and gutter were poured last week. Weather this week is the big factor in when the bridge opens.
Completion date: Workers hope to have the bridge open for traffic in the mid to late part of this week, Gardner said.
Total construction cost: $363,000. The city pays 20 percent, while state and federal money covers the rest.

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