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(Ottumwa)—A recent reports indicates some of Iowa’s bridges, mainly in the rural areas are not in the best of shape.

With that in mind, the Ottumwa City Council last night approved a recommendation to enter into a contract with Calhoun-Burns and Associates for professional engineering services to conduct special inspections of the Jefferson Street bridge, the Market Street bridge, the South Ward Street bridge and the Wildwood Park bridge.

The Iowa Department of Transportation requires that critical bridges be inspected every five years. These requirements must be met to be in compliance with the IDOT inspection program and to qualify for highway bridge program funding.

Inspection services for the Jefferson Street bridge will cost the city 11-thousand dollars, 25-hundred dollars for the Market Street bridge that will come under a major construction project next year and 400-dollars for inspection of the South Ward Street bridge and the Wildwood Park bridge.

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