The new Charley Western Trail bridge in Charles City is officially open for recreational use.
The original bridge partially collapsed into the Cedar River in 2018 and the City hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for its $1.4 million replacement Sunday afternoon. It may have taken three years for the project to be completed, but Mayor Dean Andrews says the wait was not as long as anticipated.
Andrews says the bridge is open, landscaping is in place, and lights have been installed. The only thing left is adding a bench to each of the two bump outs on both sides of the river. He says they hope to order those four benches soon.
With fees for removal of the bridge, plus engineering and architectural fees, the total project price tag came to about $2 million. Funding for the bridge replacement was aided by a TAP grant of almost $330,000 from the Iowa DOT.