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Citizens come together to try and save iconic bridge

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

A bridge deemed unsafe to travel in Waverly has people there coming together to try and save it. 

Megan Buhrow used the 3rd Street bridge every day to get to and from Wartburg College, but she wasn't alone in depending on the bridge to cross the Cedar River.

"I had a lot of people come up to me and telling me hey we need to save the green bridge," said Buhrow. 

In February, inspectors deemed it unsafe, saying the connection between the trusses and bearings is breaking down.

So Buhrow did some research and started a petition in support of saving what many in Waverly call the "green bridge."

She says the bridge easily connects two sides of town and holds a lot of sentimental value. A few city council members agree.

"I hope that we can come together, find a solution that is a way to save the bridge, preserve it. Hopefully for cars and pedestrians, but at the very least let's keep a nice historical thing in town as a monument to our town, as preservation," said Wes Gade, Waverly City Council member. 

The petition has gotten more than 1,000 signatures. Buhrow says it was important to get the community together, while sharing why they want to keep the bridge intact.

"And bring around the awareness of how much the bridge was neglected and how this was not really brought to the city's attention as the people, but also as the council they really weren't aware of how serve the bridge was," said Buhrow. 

The Waverly City Council has hired another firm to look over the bridge and give a second opinion. That firm will eventually report back to the  council and give them options on what to do with it.

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