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The most significant benefit of this project is safety. The new bridge will provide a safer alignment for vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. The bridge width will be increased, as the existing bridge is narrow, and below minimum safety standards for that criteria.

This shows how narrow the bridge is compared to the road. This is dangerous for cars passing each other on the bridge, not to mention pedestrians and bicycles.

The bridge is nearly 90 years old. Several years past its design life of 50 years. The concrete is spalling, rebar is exposed, and much of the bridge is simply in disrepair. Maintenance costs for this structure will continue to increase and an eventual replacement is inevitable. Leveraging this 80% funding program with the City's local share will provide the residents with a safe structure that meets current standards and significantly reduces maintenance costs.