PROJECT PROGRESS: Bridge Completion Is Near

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A construction project that has detoured traffic in the metro since March is still underway, but getting closer to completion.

The 63rd Street bridge project in Des Moines was supposed to open to some traffic by September. That was pushed back until after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Jeb Brewer, Des Moines’ city engineer, says construction crews are making good progress.

“Even if we get a few bad days it might slip a little to the first of December, but based upon good progress made in the last week we’re fairly confident it’s going to get it open at least before the bad winter weather sets in,” says Brewer.

He says setbacks like finding asbestos, boulders in the creek, and the discovery of artifacts are all out of the way. Brewer says they are on track to get three lanes of the bridge reopened by November 29th.

The next big step to getting the bridge done will hopefully take place next week. That’s pouring the bridge deck.

Business owners in the area are happy to hear about the progress.

Todd Treese is the manager of True Value. He sees customers are frustrated with the detour. That has him making sure the trip to his store is worth it.

“I beefed up the customer service.  We have wonderful customers and we just make it as pleasant as possible for that drive they take,” says Treese.

 

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