Ottamwa, Iowa bridges to undergo inspections

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Officials in southwestern Iowa’s Ottumwa expect upcoming inspections to show that some the city’s bridges are deteriorating.

The Ottumwa Courier reports (http://bit.ly/12xAboq) that four of Ottumwa’s 18 bridges are up for inspection this year, three of which are ranked as structurally deficient.

The Iowa Department of Transportation requires that the most fragile — or “facture-critical” — bridges be inspected every five years to qualify for Highway Bridge Program funding.

Currently, the city is receiving $1 million from the federal program for the Market Street Bridge reconstruction.

In a meeting Tuesday, the City Council will vote on an agreement to allow inspections of the Jefferson Street, Market Street, South Ward Street and Wildwood Park bridges.

Of those, only the Jefferson Street Bridge is so unsound as to qualify for federal funding.

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Information from: The Ottumwa Courier, http://www.ottumwacourier.com

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