Bridge out

Rice Lake's Main Street Bridge has been under construction for more than a year. 

Rice Lake’s Main Street Bridge is set for completion on time or potentially ahead of schedule, according to a project engineer. 

By contract, Lunda Construction is to complete the bridge by Oct. 3. But SEH engineer Mark Kohler said the long-awaited opening could happen sooner if crews are available. 

“It appears we might be open a week before that,” he said. 

Remaining work includes building a  sidewalk on the west side of the bridge, installing steel railing on both sides, aesthetic staining on the concrete barriers, electrical work for light poles, putting up signs, painting lines, and reconstructing the end of Water Street with curb, gutter and asphalt. 

“The main thing to do is the sidewalk,” said Kohler. 

He said some of the other work would be completed while the bridge is open to traffic. 

The Main Street Bridge has been under construction since September of 2018, with traffic confined to two lanes for much of that time. 

The scope of the project has included replacing the west half of the bridge, which was about 100 years old, and putting a new deck on the entire structure. 

The total cost of the project is $3.1 million, paid for mainly with federal funds. 

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