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Linn County Working on Options for Damaged Bertram Bridge

Linn County is continuing to work on options for the historic Bertram “Blue” Bridge after the structure was damaged in the removal and relocation process earlier this month. 

Crews are removing the wood decking from the bridge to relieve pressure on the steel frame and make it easier to lift out of the creek. The decking will remain on site as preservation options are being evaluated.

Linn County Assistant Engineer Garret Reddish says, like many residents, they were disappointed in the turn of events. But he says they are hopeful they’ll be able to honor the bridge’s 146-year old history. 

The rest of the Bertram Road and bridge replacement project will continue. The project includes removing the existing road, realigning the road for the new bridge, installing new culverts, and replacing the old truss bridge with a new IDOT standard concrete beam bridge. 

Road closures are in effect around the project – many of which will remain in effect until the entire Bertram Bridge project is completed in October.


photo courtesy of Linn County

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