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Sumner Avenue Bridge to close soon

The Sumner Avenue Bridge is expected to be closed either late this week or early next week, and will remain closed until the new bridge is erected. The bridge will probably not reopen until late in the fall. While the bridge is closed, people are encouraged to find alternative routes to and from the downtown area. Humboldt Independent photo.

Get ready. The Sumner Avenue Bridge is likely to be closed in the coming days and will remain closed until late October or early November this fall.
Humboldt City Administrator Aaron Burnett reported late last week that the bridge will be closed for the anticipated demolition starting either late this week or early next week.
“We still have utilities that are being removed from the bridge and the area below the bridge. The general contractor, Godbersen-Smith Company of Ida Grove, would like to start demolition immediately, or as soon as possible,” Burnett said.
“The contractor will try to do whatever work they can while utilities may be blocking demolition activities,” the city administrator said.
Burnett reports that the 4-way stop sign planned at 3rd Ave. N. and Hwy. 169 (13th Street) has been approved by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Workers were expected to place message boards on the highway this week, stating that the all-way stop will be in place by April 21.
The 14-day notice is a requirement for all new stop signs on highways and cannot be shortened. This will mean that for a short period the bridge will be closed and no stop sign will be on Hwy 169.
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