An Iconic Northeast Iowa Bridge is getting a facelift. Work on the Keystone Bridge in Elkader will start this spring. The project will include removing and replacing the metal supports for the sidewalk; removing and replacing the sidewalk and railing; removing the pavement over the bridge and adding a waterproof membrane and stormwater drains and repaving in concrete. The concrete will extend to the intersections of Main Street and to High Street. New storm sewer outlet on the Courthouse side of the bridge will also be installed. Overall repointing and repair of the masonry work will also be completed.
The construction portion of the 3.6 million dollar project will be paid for by the Iowa Department of Transportation with a combination of City Bridge Funds and Competitive Highway Bridge Program from the federal government. Engineering expenses are being paid for by the City.