Jackson Street bridge will be replaced
The city of Janesville announced Wednesday that it received a $5.5 million grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to replace the Jackson Street Bridge.
The project includes removing the current bridge and replacing it with a 400-foot span.
Neighborhood residents have been concerned about the bridge’s condition and safety because of narrow sidewalks, deteriorating concrete railings and possible structural damage from the record floods of 2008
The state requires all bridges in the city be inspected every two years. The bridge received a rating of 43 out of 100 after its recent inspection, Public Works Director Carl Weber told the Gazette in June.
The bridge was still considered safe, but the rating allowed the city to apply for federal replacement money. To be considered, a bridge must have a rating less than 50.
As part of the application, the public works department created a committee that included professionals and homeowners and businesses from the neighborhoods around Jackson Street.
The project is expected to cost $6.9 million, with the city paying $1.4 million. The new bridge will have wider sidewalks and traffic lanes and will better accommodate bicycles.
Because the bridge is in the Rock River Parkway and because the current bridge design is “architecturally significant,” special attention will be given to the new bridge’s appearance, Weber said in a new release.
Design work will begin in July 2012, and construction is expected to begin in 2014.