Structural issues on a bridge in Davenport. Crews last week shutting down part of Division Street over Duck Creek after a hole through the concrete deck was discovered. The harsh winter is partially to blame, but that bridge may have bigger problems.
The hole, along with other damage to concrete has two lanes closed for now. There's also a speed and weight restriction in place. With two schools within a couple of blocks a lot of busses use that route. They've been cleared to use the bridge along with fire department rigs.
But even after those issues are fixed more work needs to be done. Last July, inspectors recommended a complete replacement of the bridge deck when it got a rating of 4 out of possible 9, which Davenport Public Works Director Mike Clarke says is considered poor condition.
"In the course of keeping an eye on it we discovered the winter was a little more tough and brutal on that particular section than we had anticipated," said Clarke.
"It's definitely a pain, but I mean they have to do what they have to do to fix it," said driver Shannon Syverson.
The concrete deck was installed in 1983. Last year, inspectors recommended replacement within 3 years but, as of now, funding hasn't been identified to make that happen. The hope is that will happen next year. As for the immediate repairs needed crews are coming up with a plan of action to at least to reopen all four lanes. Safety-wise public works Director Mike Clarke says right now it's inconvenient but not dangerous. Once repairs are done the speed and weight restrictions will be lifted.
The speed limit is reduced to 20 miles per hour over the bridge now. Drivers are also advised to find an alternate route to avoid possible delays until work is completed. The goal is to start repairs Monday April 21st and it's expected to take a couple of weeks.