East 9th Street in Tama from Business Highway 30 to Taylor Drive at Oak Hill Cemetery is open again according to Tama Public Works Director John Lloyd. The route has been closed much of the summer while a century-old bridge over Mud Creek was replaced by a twin box culvert.
Total cost of the project was $370,000 with about $280,000 of the total picked up by federal funding. McCulley Culvert, Inc., Barnes City, Iowa, was the contractor for the work.
Lloyd said the bridge was in poor condition for some time, and, like all bridges in Iowa, subject to state bridge inspection of which the cost has now been eliminated with the culvert. The bridge had a wooden deck and iron rails.
century-old bridge over the East 9th Street route to Tama’s Oak Hill Cemetery was replaced with a twin box culvert over Mud Creek this summer. The view above looks to the southwest and shows the creek banks which are now covered with rock on both sides of the street.
News-Herald photos/John Speer
The Tama City Council approved the project in part because the immediate area served by Eas 9th Street has been termed one of the areas for development within the current city limits. East 9th Street also serves the cemetery as does Taylor drive.
A bridge over Mud Creek on Business Route 30 near the Linocln Hgihway Bridge Park was replaced in 2010 as part of the acceptance agreement for the roadway by Tama from the Iowa Department of Transporation.