Posted at: 07/29/2013 4:59 PM
Updated at: 08/02/2013 6:19 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
More than a year after devastating floods, parts of Jay Cooke State Park will soon be easier to reach. Construction on the new Highway 210 bridge is well underway, and Monday our crews got a chance to check out how it's coming along.
"We have a big hole there now and we're going to build a bridge and span the opening," Project Supervisor Tom Lund said. "It will look a lot different than it was."
The $3.5 million project will build a bridge where the road was washed away making that part of Highway 210 60 feet higher. The bridge will span about 470 feet, which is longer than expected.
"It has been difficult," Resident Construction Engineer Brian Larson said. "There's a lot of different materials as far as the dirt types we've been running into. Some pretty unstable type material. That's why we ended up going with a longer bridge than we originally planned."
While Larson can complain about the soil, there's one thing he sure doesn't mind at the Jay Cooke work site.
"We have a beautiful view," Larson said. "If you have to have a project to work on, this isn't a bad area to have that project."
The bridge will give road access to Oldenburg Point. It will also connect Jay Cooke Road to the park's headquarters.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in November, weather depending.
After the bridge is built, the east entrance to Jay Cooke State Park will still be closed. Crew members are still thinking of ways to fix the rest of that road.