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Work to replace aging bridge by park is on schedule and should pick up momentum by middle of September

LON AUSTIN - Abutments for the bridge were poured last week and need to cure before pre-cast concrete beams are placed midway through next month.

The Elm Street bridge has been unpassable since early July as work on a long-sought-after replacement has taken place throughout the summer.

Work on the structure is on schedule and on budget thus far and Street Supervisor Scott Smith is expecting the work to conclude and the bridge to reopen by the end of October.

"Everything is going really well," Smith remarked. "Last week, they poured some of the superstructure, the abutments on the main bridge. Right now (Wednesday), there is not much going on. They are giving it time to cure."

Smith went on to say that the concrete bridge beams have already been cast and they are expected to arrive by sometime in mid-September.

"Once those are set, then they will put the concrete impact panels on each side of that," he added.

During this portion of the project, the city is installing a water line that will follow the underside of the bridge.

As work on the Elm Street bridge takes place, work on a pedestrian bridge that will cross Ochoco Creek between the bike path and Northeast Court Street will near its conclusion. Smith said that the footbridge is set to arrive in mid-September and workers will set it soon after. Meanwhile, the bike path will realigned to connect with the new structure.

The project will conclude with workers completing the Elm Street bridge and portions of the bike path on each side of the bridge.

"The last thing that will happen is the bike path paving and street paving from the middle to the end of October," Smith said.


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