The City of Hutchinson is in the beginning stages of implementing upgrades to the bridge over the Crow River on 2nd Avenue Southeast.
MnDot has rated the structure of the bridge as poor and structurally deficient, however, that doesn’t mean the bridge is unsafe.
The bridge was built in 1967 and is nearing its 50-year lifespan expectancy.
City Engineer Kent Exner says the deck is the main issue, with deteriorating steel re-enforcement and cracking and crumbling cement.
The option they’re moving forward on includes installing a new slab-span structure and widening the bridge to accommodate a 12-foot wide pedestrian trail. Exner says that’s the most favorable option.
Exner estimates the construction cost of that proposal at just under $990,000, with the total cost estimate, including design and other costs, between 1.5 and 1.7 million dollars.
State funding options could cover most of that cost.
If all the chips fall in the right place, construction could begin as early as next year.