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Last updated 8:04PM ET
July 22, 2018
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Burlington To Borrow Money For Bridge Replacement
Burlington plans to borrow $2.6-million to replace Cascade Bridge.
(wium) - Burlington has already spent about $300,000 on engineering work for Cascade Bridge.

City Manager Doug Worden says it will cost another $3.6-million to replace the bridge and add a sidewalk on one side.

He says the city will utilize a $1-million grant and borrow the rest of the money.

"The project would be bid this fall with bids being let in October/November," says Worden, "so construction can get underway this winter."

Worden says paying off the bonds will probably require a property tax hike.

There will be several public hearings on the project in the coming weeks. That will allow residents with multiple opportunities to weigh in on the replacement of Cascade Bridge.

Worden says one resident spoke out against the project during a recent city council workshop. The man said the project should not go forward because of the cost, adding that the current detours should remain.

Cascade Bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic for several years.

Worden says the council was unanimous in its decision to start the process of borrowing the $2.6-million dollars.

He says the panel did acknowledge, though, that if the public came out against the project, its members could reconsider their positions.

Cascade Bridge runs on South Main Street near Crapo and Dankwardt Parks.

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