Cedar Rapids bridge gains funding priority

Boone County has received notice that repair of the county bridge over the Cedar River at Cedar Rapids will be among the top priority projects for Transportation Enhancement funds this year.

Nebraska Department of Roads notified Darrel Thorin, county highway superintendent, of its prioritization in a letter, and Thorin provided details to the County Commissioners at their meeting Monday, Jan. 12.

The county bridge, which was originally built to carry traffic from Highway 56 through Cedar Rapids, was closed last year after the structure was deemed unsafe.

The county then filed an application and engineering plan to use Transportation Enhancement funds for the bridge repairs.

Estimated cost of the bridge repair is $189,944. The county is seeking 90 percent of the cost, or $170,950, from the Transportation Enhancement program.