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Crews pour bridge deck on Military Road Bridge

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – For months, work on the Military Road Bridge that crosses South Dakota and Iowa has forced the closure of a span of the road.

Now workers are one step closer to completing the project.

The Military Road Bridge Construction Project started back in May.

On Wednesday, workers were finally able to pour the bridge deck which is the surface we drive on.

Crews started on the South Dakota side Wednesday morning, finishing out the Iowa side of the bridge Wednesday afternoon.

The equipment pumped the concrete out to the deck where the paver leveled it off to make the deck a smooth surface.

Crews still expect the bridge portion of the project to be done by late next month or early October, but the weather has slowed down the project a bit.

“The deck was originally scheduled to be poured on Monday, but the weather was not cooperative,” said Danny Sturm, Project Manager. “So it got pushed back to today. Some of the wet weather has slowed down some of the progress of the road work as well.”

North Sioux City administrator Ted Cherry said having a brand new street and bridge between the Sioux City and North Sioux City will be beneficial for both sides of the river.

While many of the business are in the line of construction, crews said, owners have been patient.

“Everybody’s been fairly cooperative to work with,” said Sturm. “I think everybody is fairly excited to have a new road and will be happy once it is completed.”

The bridge deck will need to sit for a week until workers can begin on the framework of the bridge

Because of some of those delays, the road portion of the project won’t be completed until closer to November.

Michaela Feldmann

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