Turtle Creek Bridge Replacement Delayed

Delaware County supervisors have delayed bids for a planned bridge replacement because of concern the project timing might interfere with grant funding from the state.

The Delaware Board of Supervisors decided to reject the lone bid of $426,673 to replace the Turtle Creek Bridge. The bridge is intended as part of an effort to improve public access to Lake Delhi, which was drained in 2010 when the dam collapsed.

The supervisors decided to delay bidding for the project until this fall after County Engineer Anthony Bardgett told them the timeline for the bridge replacement would violate an Iowa Department of Natural Resources water-access grant. That grant requires that no expenses can be incurred before Oct. 1.