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After 4 years, bridge finally opens

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - After four years of construction, a $21 million project is finally open to the public.

Tuesday, the City of Cedar Rapids opened the award-winning Edgewood Road viaduct on the southwest side of the city.

The Edgewood Road Bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad and Prairie Creek received the Iowa Quality Initiative Structures Award by the Iowa Department of Transportation, US Department of Transportation and the Associated General Contractors of Iowa. The bridge was rated the best "Concrete Beam Bridge on a Local Road System" constructed in the State of Iowa between 2006 and 2008.

The viaduct, and corresponding improvements to Edgewood Road and 60th Avenue SW, provides a new route to the Eastern Iowa Airport unencumbered by railroad tracks and provides critical access for nearby industrial and commercial businesses, including ADM, Diamond V Mills and General Mills. The viaduct is designed to improve safety for drivers and the CRANDIC and Union Pacific railroad workers. Frontage road work will continue in the first quarter of 2010.

This construction project was funded through the $6.5 million federal Safetea-Lu earmark fund, $1.87 million federal Surface Transportation Program, $1 million federal Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation Program, $2.6 million state RISE grant and contributions from ADM, Union Pacific Railroad and the CRANDIC Railroad.

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