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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Federal Grant Money Could Help Replace Donna Reed Bridge

Crawford County and the City of Denison are working together on replacing the Donna Reed Road bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad. 

Crawford County Engineer Paul Assman says a recent inspection determined that the bridge should be replaced soon. 

“It needed to be posted at a lower posting so the posting was lowered. There is some deterioration in the steel girder systems. Nothing critical at this point there’s consideration to replace the bridge here in the next few years,” Assman said. 

He says they are applying for a RAISE grant from the Department of Transportation to help pay for it. Assman says they hope to start construction in 2025 with an estimated cost of around $3 million total. 

“A lot of things have to happen between now and the start of construction so that date is certainly subject to change. We need to coordinate with Union Pacific Railroad and of course, this is an application for funding. It’s not a certainty that we will get it. We’re certainly hopeful we’ll get it,” Assman said. 

He says Crawford is among nine counties from around the state asking for federal dollars through the RAISE grant program. Iowa DOT included a tenth project but later removed it from the application. 

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