Charles City, Iowa – One of Charles City’s most historic landmarks, is no more. The 108-year-old Charlie Western Trail Bridge is being demolished this week. City Administrator Steve Diers says the bridge is falling apart and is unsafe for pedestrian use.
The span connects the north and south sides of town over the Cedar River. Built in 1910, it was used for railroad use. Over the years it turned into a pedestrian bridge and an emergency route when the Cedar River rose to flood stage.
The city looked into constructing a new bridge allowing for traffic and pedestrians to use daily, but the cost penciled out to 12 million dollars. There are plans to replace the pedestrian bridge after complete demolition. It’s cost comes with a two million dollar price tag and a 2020 completion date. Diers said the city is applying for several grants for the project.
Parts of the Charlie Western Trail still remain closed.