Construction of Old Town bridge

Bridge Construction meeting About 18 individuals (representing Lidtke Mill; Howard County Engineer, Sheriff and Conservation Departments; Lime Springs council; Alliant; and several construction companies) met Feb. 28 to discuss the new bridge going in at Lidtke Mill.

Bridge Construction meeting
About 18 individuals (representing Lidtke Mill; Howard County Engineer, Sheriff and Conservation Departments; Lime Springs council; Alliant; and several construction companies) met Feb. 28 to discuss the new bridge going in at Lidtke Mill.

By Marcie Klomp

Summer 2014, the bridge at Old Town is being replaced. The tentative start date is April 28 with the contract calling for work to be done 120 working days from start, with no planned work on Saturdays. Brian Connell of Minnowa Construction of Harmony pointed out the biggest problem is wondering how this winter and spring will affect the start date.

Engineer Nick Rissman also told the contractors, “We [the county] will be responsible for the detour route. You guys keep track of traffic control [at the bridge].”

Lidtke Park closed this summer The park was full Memorial weekend 2013. This year, there will be no camping at Lidtke Park. Conservation Director Harold Chapman explained it is getting renovated spring/summer 2014. “Basically it will be a whole-park renovation and will be closed all summer.” The electrical will be updated; a new well may be dug (depending on permits); and camping pads will be added. “With the bridge out this summer, this makes sense to do the park renovation at this time. Vernon Springs and Lake Hendricks have already been renovated,” he added. There is a possibility the boat landing will be available, but Chapman was making no promises on that.

Lidtke Park closed this summer
The park was full Memorial weekend 2013. This year, there will be no camping at Lidtke Park. Conservation Director Harold Chapman explained it is getting renovated spring/summer 2014. “Basically it will be a whole-park renovation and will be closed all summer.” The electrical will be updated; a new well may be dug (depending on permits); and camping pads will be added.
“With the bridge out this summer, this makes sense to do the park renovation at this time. Vernon Springs and Lake Hendricks have already been renovated,” he added.
There is a possibility the boat landing will be available, but Chapman was making no promises on that.

There will be a walk/bike path on the west side of the bridge that will lead into the park. He warned he would continue to make sure everyone was aware “the center of the bridge is not the center of the road.” There had been a costly mistake someplace else years ago, and the engineer didn’t want that to happen on this project.

He expressed concern, as well, about Lidtke Mill, explaining it is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Alleviating concerns of board member Phyllis Stevenson, he said the mill, dam and concrete below the dam would be undamaged.

Rissman assured Sheriff Mike Miner there would be advance notice before the road was closed and a detour was put in place. He added the county would be responsible for dust control at intersections and in front of homes along the detour.

It was mentioned Alliant will have to move the wire going across the river east of the current bridge until the work is completed.

Lime Springers are a curious lot. Rissman cautioned the contractors, “This will be a high-profile bridge with a lot of onlookers. You need to keep people outside the construction zone.” On the flip side, locals should pay attention to signs and fences to keep themselves safe.

 

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