Newton Bridge Construction Closes Park

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

A bridge demolition and construction project will force one of newton's neighborhood parks to close until February.

The old Ash Street bridge which was built in 1966 has seriously deteriorated.

Crews are in the process of tearing down the bridge near Tenth and Ash in Newton.

City engineers tell us the old bridge was nearly 50 years old and was in pretty bad shape. Just to put in perspective, they say bridges are rated on a scale from one to 100 and that bridge was a 41; making it the worst bridge in Newton.

People who live along the creek here have a really good view of the project but they tell us they usually hear a lot more than they see."

“You could feel it in the heart. It was pretty heavy pounding on that bridge earlier in the week,” Newton resident Weldon Martens said.

"Yeah it's hard for nap time. It's very, very loud,” Grandmother of a two year old boy Leanna Buchta said.

Engineers say the project should be finished by this February. While they're working, the Sand Creek bike path that crosses under the bridge is closed, o is the Tenth and Ash park. Leanna Buchta says that came as a surprise to her. She comes here with her grandson twice a week.

"The lady came over and said the park was closed and we're here today. We'll have to find another park,” Buchta said.

City engineers say the new bridge should last another 50 years.

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