Elton Hills Drive Bridge to reopen in August

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(ABC 6 News) – Construction on the Elton Hills Drive Bridge project is nearing completion, and the bridge is expected to reopen to the traveling public the week of August 8,

The new Elton Hills Drive Bridge has two travel lanes in each directions and enhanced pedestrian facilities across the bridge (seven-foot wide raised sidewalks on both sides of the bridge). With the opening of the bridge, the lane restrictions that have been in place the past three years will be removed.

The previous Elton Hills Drive Bridge had structural issues that progressed to the point where action was required.

Cost estimates for repairs, as well as the age of the bridge deemed replacement of the bridge as the most economical approach. The old bridge was demolished and a new bridge was built in its place.

The cost to reconstruct the bridge was $5,003,712. 26. The City received Federal funding in the amount of $1,610,000 and a Local Bridge Replacement Program (LBRP) grant in the amount of $1,000,000.

The remainder of the project was funded with Municipal State Aid and local utility funds.