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Work continues on new Charles City bridge

CHARLES CITY (KWWL) -- Charles City was hit hard by the floods of 2008.

Besides hundreds of lost homes, the town's historic, 102-year-old suspension bridge was literally washed away in the flood waters.

Now, a new cable-stayed bridge is going up in its place. Late Wednesday afternoon, crews connected the new bridge across the Cedar River. But there's still quite a bit of work to be done.

Sue Baron noticed the action Wednesday morning and called her friends. They all came to watch. They say it's beautiful, but different from the old suspension bridge.

"When I woke up to the words that an historic bridge has been lost to a community in Iowa and said Charles City and I couldn't believe it," said Sue Baron. 

Crews have worked on the project all summer. It arrived in six separate pieces.

"It is a cable-stayed, trust bridge. It's a sister to the suspension bridge. The cables are functional and they do hold load. It is 420 foot long and the towers are 65 foot tall," said Planning & Project Supervisor Tracy Meise.

More than two years after the flood, people said it's nice to see the project almost done.

Initially, the goal was to construct another suspension bridge, but it wasn't feasible due to the cost.

"The reason we could do the cable-stayed is it's a pre-fabricated bridge. It was all manufactured off site," said Project Engineer Derek Thomas.

There's no final timeline when the pedestrian bridge will officially be open, but Sue Baron is happy with how it's turning out.

"I am today because we can see the beauty of it. I wasn't quite sure before because it wasn't going to be the old one," said Sue Baron.

The cost is more than $3 million. FEMA is paying 90 percent and the city is responsible for 10 percent.

Online reporter: Danielle Wagner

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