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Iowa 149 Bridge Over Cedar Creek north of Ottumwa to reopen second week of December

CHARITON, Iowa – Nov. 19, 2018 – Construction work on the Iowa 149 bridge over Cedar Creek between 170th and 180th streets north of Ottumwa is nearing completion. The Iowa Department of Transportation anticipates the roadway will reopen to traffic the second week of December, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Chariton construction office.

The Iowa 149 bridge over Cedar Creek has been closed and traffic detoured since June 2018 when the old bridge was removed to allow construction crews to construct a new 214-foot by 44-foot continuous concrete slab bridge and bridge approaches.  Two culverts within project area were also reconstructed.

This construction project was expected to be completed by November 2018. However, the contractor’s support system for the deck forms settled during the placement of concrete causing the deck pour to be rescheduled to repair the support system for the deck. We appreciate your patience and apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

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