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Cedar Rapids bridges being inspected for structural damage

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Some engineers from out-of-state are in Cedar Rapids inspecting bridges. It's part of a routine, bi-annual inspection. 

A crew with Westbrook Associated Engineers is looking for structural damage under water. Cedar Rapids has eight city bridges and twelve utility crossing locations over the Cedar River. Inspections are expected to take a few days.

"We just got started," said John Stolzman, Project Engineer for Westbrook Associated Engineers. "We just completed the first pier. It was in good shape. We're gonna, we just hit pier one we're going to hit pier two, three, four and then we're going to hit some utility crossings the city wants us to look at, also."

In addition to mandatory inspections, the City of Cedar Rapids also regularly monitors bridges for any damage. One example is a tree that's been on the Third Avenue Bridge since spring brought high river levels.

"We'll have crews out there to fix that, take care of that," said Doug Wilson, Capital Improvement Project Manager for the City of Cedar Rapids. "It's not any immediate threat to the safety to the public or to the structural integrity of the bridge."

Both city officials and the bridge inspectors say that the bridges in Cedar Rapids are safe despite Iowa frequently showing up on lists that say many of the state's bridges are in bad shape.

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