The city of bridges begins bridge inspections

Bridge inspections will soon be underway in the city of bridges.

Last night the City Council approved to have 17 bridges inspected.

The Department of Transportation requires bridges to be inspected every two years. The bridge inspections will cost the city around $4,000.

Ottumwa Public Information Officer, Tom Rodgers, says the inspections help the city to plan and budget for future construction projects.

"Any bridge, whether it's pedestrian, or vehicular, or even a railroad, run through the city and carries some sort of traffic and it's important that we inspect those just to ensure that they're safe for use and for what they're rated to be used for," said Rodgers.