The Linn County Secondary Road Department continues to work with engineering contractors to evaluate removal and preservation options of the Bertram “Blue” Bridge after the structure twisted and was damaged in the removal and relocation process on April 3. 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.
“We, along with many Linn County residents, are disappointed that the relocation of the bridge did not go as planned," said Linn County Assistant Engineer Garret Reddish. “However, we remain hopeful that we will be able to honor the 146-year history of the bridge and are continuing to explore all possible options to do so.”
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 were already in effect around the project. Many of the closures will remain in effect until the completion of the entire Bertram Bridge project in October 2023.
Drivers are reminded to comply with all traffic signs around construction projects. Do not drive around the barricades in place to protect the public and road crews.
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For additional information on road closures in the Linn County secondary road system, visit Linn County’s road closure and restrictions webpage.
Bertram "Blue" Bridge with wood decking removed. Restoration and preservation options are being evaluated.