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Million-dollar bridge to be built over Hurley Creek

The bridge on North Sycamore that runs over Hurley Creek will be replaced following a unanimous vote Tuesday during the regular Creston City Council meeting. The bridge will be similar in structure, fencing and shape to the bridge on Adams Street and will cost $1 million to build, with 80% of the funding coming from the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The bridge on North Sycamore that runs over Hurley Creek will be replaced following a unanimous vote Tuesday during the regular Creston City Council meeting. The bridge will be similar in structure, fencing and shape to the bridge on Adams Street and will cost $1 million to build, with 80% of the funding coming from the Iowa Department of Transportation.

A new bridge over Hurley Creek on North Sycamore Street will closely match the Adams Street Bridge at McKinley Lake.

The Creston City Council voted unanimously to approve the project at the regular meeting Tuesday after a discussion about whether lights were necessary due to the proximity of street lights to the bridge. Council member Ron Higgins made a case to add the lights, but ultimately it was council member Rich Madison’s motion to build the bridge with a similar structure, fencing and shape to the Adams Street project without the lights that passed.

“Structurally speaking is there any difference between the three (options) as far as how long they would last?” council member Matt Levine asked.

Project manager Lowell Miller of Calhoun-Burns said the only difference would be the maintenance of the aesthetic features such as the coating on the concrete.

The Iowa Department of Transportation will fund 80% of the approximately $1 million cost to construct the bridge, leaving the city to pay around $200,000. Matching the bridge to the Adams Street one will add approximately $10,000 to the city’s cost. Adding lights would have cost another $7,000.

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