Cascade Bridge

A meeting on the future of Burlington's Cascade Bridge is on track for this fall.

Burlington could soon have a better idea of what to do with Cascade Bridge.  The bridge, which is about 115 years old, has been closed to vehicular traffic for about 4 years.

The city was ready to spend several million dollars to tear it down and build a new one.  It even had received a $1-million grant to help cover the cost.

The state stepped in, though, to make sure Burlington considered restoring the structure.

The city council has agreed to have Shuck-Britson, Inc. out of Des Moines study the bridge.

Emphasis – May 11

May 11, 2012

Jason Parrott’s guest is Steve Frevert, who is the Executive Director of Downtown Partners, the Chairman of Burlington’s Historic Preservation Commission, and a board member of Historic Trust.

Frevert says organizations from across the country are using the month of May to celebrate and promote historic preservation efforts.  He defines the practice as the recognition of historic assets within a community.

An example is the effort to develop a new historic district in Burlington.

Burlington continues to wait for information in regards to the future of Cascade Bridge, which has been closed to vehicular traffic for several years.

The city was ready to start building a new roughly $4-million bridge months ago.  The project was delayed, though, to allow for a new study to be done to determine if the roughly 120-year-old bridge could be repaired or if replacement is required.

The recommendation for the new study came from the State Historic Preservation Office and was supported by several local preservation groups.

Burlington is trying to determine if Cascade Bridge can be restored.

The city council closed the bridge on South Main Street, several years ago, to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  The pedestrian ban was eventually rescinded.

The city was in the process of moving ahead with plans to tear down the roughly 115-year-old structure and build a new bridge.

The four-million dollar project was put on hold, though, after the State Historic Preservation Office stepped in.