Needed Bridge Work

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The bridge on County C in the town of Freeman has been removed and work to replace the bridge is underway. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

High priority bridge being replaced in town of Freeman

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Construction began recently on a project to replace the 20-ton bridge on County C in Crawford County that spans a branch of Sugar Creek in the town of Freeman. The old bridge, which had deteriorated beyond repair, has been removed and construction of the new bridge is underway. 

Steve Steiner Construction of Prairie du Chien is the general contractor for the project, which has an estimated cost to the county of $194,000.

There are four bridges that need to be reconstructed as soon as possible for safety reasons because the bridges are old and failing. The highest priority bridge is the bridge currently under construction on County C in the town of Freeman. The second priority bridge is on County S in the towns of Seneca and Haney, over a branch of Halls Branch Creek. Other projects include the bridge on County B in the town of Utica over Conway Valley Creek and the bridge on County C in the village of Soldiers Grove over Johnson Creek.

The total estimated cost of the four bridge projects is $727,468.

Several more bridges will need to be reconstructed in the coming years. There are 17 deficient bridges in need of replacement. That number is expected to increase to 22 bridges by 2017. This does not include the 20-plus small bridges under 20 feet in length throughout the county that are in need of replacement.

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