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Sumner Avenue Bridge receives program funds

This photo of the Sumner Avenue Bridge looking north shows a structure that has served its purpose. The nearly 93-year-old bridge may soon be replaced. Humboldt Independent photo.

Humboldt City Administrator Aaron Burnett reported late Tuesday morning that the city of Humboldt has qualified for federal and state City Bridge Program funds for replacement of the Sumner Avenue Bridge.
Burnett said the funds will be up to $1 million of the expected $2 million project.
“This is fantastic news,” the city administrator said. “This is something the city has been waiting a long time to see done.”
Burnett said local matching funds will come from the city’s portion of local option sales tax dollars.
“The council has been holding back spending a large portion of the LOST dollars with the bridge replacement in mind. In that way, we are hopeful that no bonding will be required to finance the construction,” Burnett said.
In 2010, the cost of a prestressed concrete beam bridge or a continuous concrete slab bridge for Sumner Avenue were both in excess of $1.9 million, with a steel girder bridge slightly higher.
Burnett said he will contact the Iowa Department of Transportation to let them know the city’s acceptance of the grant funds. No work will be done on the bridge until at least October 2013.