The new bridge southeast of Melbourne on 310th Street is nearly complete.
Marshall County Engineer Paul Geilenfeldt told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that they are hoping to open the new bridge to traffic either later this week or next week. The work is being done by Iowa Bridge and Culvert of Washington for $300,000.
The concrete slab bridge is 100-feet long and 30-feet wide. Its concrete rails are in but the metal guard rails have yet to be installed and earth work is being done in the ditches surrounding the bridge this week.
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Work is wrapping up on construction on this new concrete bridge southeast of Melbourne on 310th Street. The $300,000 bridge is expected to be open by next week.
"We're waiting on the guard rail contractor to get the guard rail installed and then we'll open that one up," Geilenfeldt said.
The bridge is located just west of Ingram Avenue in the southern portion of the county. It was deemed structurally unsafe and holes were found in the deck, which is why it was moved up on the priority list as far as bridge replacements in the county.
"The project has gone quite smoothly and we are happy to be completing the job before the start of winter," Geilenfeldt said.
In other discussion, the Vienna wind farm near Gladbrook and Green Mountain is now complete in the county.
"All of (the turbines) in Marshall County are on-line and operational and they are in move-out mode," Geilenfeldt said.
He is working with MidAmerican Energy and the construction company to make sure the rural roads in the area of the wind turbines have been put back to their original condition.
He said replacing the rock on the road might not happen until spring, since it's not productive to lay rock just before winter.