Kalona to get a better bridge
KALONA — Kalona wants a better, flood-withstanding bridge on state Highway 22. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) agreed, telling the city it will re-design the bridge to a twin 9x12 box culvert. The change came after meetings with the DOT, Kalona officials and the Iowa Flood Center.
Originally, the project was to go to bid in January 2015 with work done during the summer. The change moves the project to bid in January 2016 and construction in summer 2016. The twin culvert also means that the roadway will have to be closed to traffic for an extended period, City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh told the council Monday.
Aside from a bridge to aid with flood mitigation, the extra year will give officials time to plan how to detour traffic, possibly via Sixth Street and A Avenue in Kalona. A Avenue has a smaller version of the new bridge for Highway 22. Both are over the city’s west drainage ditch, also known as Salversen Creek.