Work progresses on bridge replacement north of Minburn on U.S. Highway 169

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Like many Iowa waterways, the unnamed branch of Slough Creek ran high after June's heavy rains, especially through the diversion channel dug in order to replace the bridge on U.S. Highway 169 near 170th Street.

Five weeks of construction work have made a big change in the look of the land around the unnamed branch of Slough Creek where it crosses U.S. Highway 169 north of Minburn.

Work on the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) bridge replacement started June 15, and the road is expected to reopen Aug. 21.

Traffic on the stretch of U.S. Highway 169 is being detoured west to County Road P58 between Iowa Highways 44 and 141, according to the DOT detour map.

A box culvert is replacing the old and narrow bridge, said DOT Resident Construction Engineer Jennifer Hoskins, who is supervising the project from her Jefferson office.

Timber was cleared from around the bridge prior to the April 15 deadline set by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Hoskins said that date marks the beginning of the mating season of several species of protected birds.

Adair-based Gus Construction secured the contract for the job, Hoskins said.

For more information, call Hoskins at 800-251-2705.

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