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Dubuque City Council votes to support funding effort for Heritage Trail

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The Dubuque City Council voted 6-0 Monday night to approve a letter in support of a $100,000 federal trail grant for the Heritage Trail in Dubuque County.

If they receive it, Dubuque County Conservation would add it to the more than $550,000 they already have to repair three bridges along the Heritage Trail that need to be replaced as soon as possible.

"We have some wooden railroad trestles that, on our bridge inspections this fall, were deemed to be structurally deficient, so they need to be replaced within the next twelve months," said Brian Preston, director of the Dubuque County Conservation Department.

The wood on these bridges are noticeably older and more worn than that of those recently upgraded.

Preston says the total amount of the repairs would be about $660,000.

"The letter of the support really helps, a major metropolitan area. It's important for tourism, for the residents of Dubuque to have a place to go out and exercise and enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors," he said.

If they don't get the funding, Preston says they'd have to shut down those bridges and those parts of the trails as well.

But if they do get the funding, which they should find out either in late January or early February, they won't have to do any bridge work for about 30 years.

If they do get the funding, work would begin early October in 2017.

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