A damage estimate is awaited from an early morning Tuesday, Oct 11, incident when a vehicle struck the north rail of the historic Lincoln Bridge on East 5th Street in Tama. Tama Police said the impact may have been from a chrome wheel or bumper becasue no trace of paint is seen on the railing. They believe it happened about 3 a.m.
The impact dislodged the letter "Y" in Highway from the rail which reads "Lincoln Highway" on the 101-year old structure. There was also a long chp or mar in the railing and the rail itself may have been pushed a bit askew, officials siad.
The bridge recently underwent inspection from a structural engineer. The work, by Shuck-Britson Consulting Engineers, Des Moines, was to evaluate the bridge in anticipation of the upcoming $2.1 million in improvements to the East 5th Street gateway to the city.
Damage to the top of the railing can be seen in this photo caused by a vehicle which struck it about 3 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11. The “Y”?in “Highway” was also dislodged from the rialing by the impact.
A spokesperson for the city's insurance carrier told City Clerk Judy Welch he believed insurance could cover the cost of repairs.
The Tama County Historic Preservation Commission has urged council action pointing to the importance of the bridge and adjacent area to the city's history.
The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a frequent stop for tourists and Lincoln Highway enthusiasts.