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      Market Street Bridge up for discussion at Tuesday's Ottumwa City Council meeting

      The Market Street Bridge project will cost and estimated $3,070,000.

      The Market Street Bridge will once again be a topic of discussion for the Ottumwa City Council at Tuesday night's regular meeting.

      The council will be putting plans, specifications, a contract and estimated cost up for approval. The project includes a full deck replacement, widening the east sidewalk of the bridge and replacing the hand rails and lighting fixtures.

      Bids for the project will open from the Iowa Department of Transportation December 17 and a bid award recommendation will come from the council January 7. If all goes to plan, construction will begin in February and will progress rapidly from there.

      "There's lots of phases involved and there's deadlines that have to be met according to the Iowa Department of Transportation, so you'll see progression on it continually," said Joe Helfenberger, Ottumwa City Administrator.

      The entire Market Street Bridge project carries a price tag of $3,070,000. Of that, $1 million comes from Highway Bridge Program funds and $1.5 million is from State Transportation Program funds. The Ottumwa Legacy Foundation donated $350,000 towards the replacement of the hand rail and lights and the Wapello County Trails Commission gave $40,000 to the new rail and the widening of the sidewalk.

      The remaining $650,000 or so will come from local bonds.