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Delaware bridge project well ahead of schedule

The South Delaware bridge and street replacement project is well ahead of schedule and should be completed by the end of June.| The South Delaware bridge and street replacement project is well ahead of schedule and should be completed by the end of June, according to City Engineer Mark Rahm.

The street will be a two-way street and include a sidewalk on its east side. The project cost about $885,000, Rahm said.

Unlike the nearby streetscape project, the Delaware bridge project is well ahead of schedule. “The project technically didn’t even have to start until the end of June this year, and it will be about complete by then,” Rahm told NorthIowaToday.com. “We got started in November of last year.”

When the project was originally being considered, one of the options was simply closing the street altogether. Rahm says the new street and bridge were chosen because it would lessen some of the congestion at the intersection of South Federal and Highway 122. He also says it’s a nice way to get downtown just a little faster. “It gives another access to downtown for the west-bound traffic,” he said. “Some drivers may want to avoid the busy intersection.”

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