Ottumwa Council to approve contract for Market Street Bridge replacement

The Ottumwa City Council will move forward with the Market Street Bridge deck replacement project at their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, January 7.

In December, the Iowa Department of Transportation opened up bids for the project and received two. The lowest bid came from Iowa Bridge and Culvert out of Washington, Iowa with a total cost of $2,960,256.79. After the contract is approved, the project is slated to begin in February, when the river is at its lowest.

"We're anxious to get going on it, it is - in the City of Bridges - it is the main bridge that's going to connect everything and the trail goes right across it," said Joe Helfenberger, Ottumwa City Administrator. "The sidewalk will be expanded to eight feet and with the decorative lighting, it's going to just totally change the image in a very positive way for downtown."

The project is primarily paid for by state funding, with $1 million coming from Iowa's Highway Bridge Program and another $1,496,000 from State Transportation funds.

The Ottumwa Legacy Foundation has contributed $350,000 for the replacement of the handrail and lights and the Wapello County Trails Commission has pledged another $40,000 towards the widening of the sidewalk.