The replacement of the bridge on South Grade Road over Otter Lake in Hutchinson will begin Wednesday (July 17, 2013).
Structural Specialties of Hutchinson, MN was awarded the project.
A new single span concrete bridge with timber railings and a separated trail will replace the existing timber bridge. Other amenities including concrete steps, a gravel walkway under the bridge, and some enhanced fishing habitat will be constructed with the project as well.
The bridge is scheduled to be substantially complete and open to traffic in time for the new school year (September 3). Final completion is scheduled for early October.
The road will be closed to traffic and a detour will be installed utilizing County Road 115, State Highway 7, and School Road (click here for a view of the detour map).
Offiicals say the $550,000 project is funded with State bridge funds, County State Aid funds, and City funds.