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The project calls on the complete rehabilitation of the 562-foot-long steel bridge.
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The project calls on the complete rehabilitation of the 562-foot-long steel bridge.

City seeks bids for Jefferson Avenue Footbridge rehab

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The city of Springfield is seeking bids for the rehabilitation of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge.

The city has budgeted $3.2 million for construction and related engineering services for the project, according to a news release. Built in 1902, the 562-foot-long steel bridge crosses 13 tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail yard between Commercial and Chase streets. It's been closed for more than five years due to safety concerns.

"Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge continues as a symbol of growth and opportunity today," city officials said in the release. "Prior to its closure, the bridge served as a vital pedestrian and bicycle connection, linking the booming Commercial Street historic district to the Woodland Heights neighborhood and helping to spur growth of the Moon City Creative District across the tracks to the north."

The winning bidder for the construction project will completely rehabilitate the 25,066-pound steel bridge structure, which involves the repair and replacement of structural elements, wood decking and stairs. The project also calls on the installation of two elevators, application of a new paint system and introduction of new lighting. Bids will be accepted through 10:30 a.m. Oct. 19. Bidding information is available on the city’s website.

Eighty percent of the project cost comes from surface transportation block grants, with a 20% local match, according to the release.

The rehabilitation of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge has been in the works for years, starting with the closure in 2016, according to past reporting.

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