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Buchanan County officials hope two new bridges outlast their 100-year-old predecessors

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QUASQUETON, Iowa (KWWL) - Buchanan County Secondary Roads held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, September 30 to celebrate the two newest bridges built just south of Quasqueton.

County and state officials including County Supervisor Clayton Ohrt, Senator Craig Johnson, and Candidate for Senate Pam Egli, attended the ceremony.

“It really takes everybody working together to make things successful this way," Buchanan County Engineer Brian Keierleber said.

The bridges were finished with construction at the end of 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed back the celebration.

The previous bridges were over one-hundred years old, and needed to be reconstructed due to the possible risk of it failing. The project cost over $1 million.

The bridges do not only act as a road for people to drive on, but they can also benefit the economy and help in other ways as well.

“If you’re trying to get emergency medical services, or fire, or anything like that, or even moving your grain. The bridges become critical,” Keierleber said.

The updated bridges are now able to safely handle heavier semi-trucks that will drive over them, transporting the grain that Keierleber mentioned, and other items as well.

“And so if you want to remain competitive on a worldwide basis it all starts here locally and it’s true across the entire nation from that perspective,” Keierleber said.

He hopes that the bridges outlast the 100 years that they were made to withstand. Buchanan County Secondary Roads also plan to construct and/or repair anywhere between 15 and 18 more bridges within the next 5 to 10 years.

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Diego Hernandez

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