Dike road bridge to get minor repairsThe Hudson City Council at its Nov. 10 meeting approved spending $2,022 to repair a deteriorating sidewalk on the dike road bridge in Lakefront Park.
By: Randy Hanson, Hudson Star-Observer
The Hudson City Council at its Nov. 10 meeting approved spending $2,022 to repair a deteriorating sidewalk on the dike road bridge in Lakefront Park.
According to Public Works Director Tom Zeuli, portions of concrete on the south edge of the bridge have given way, leaving holes and exposed rebar in the sidewalk along the railing.
Zeuli received approval to purchase 100 linear feet of steel plate from Dean’s Mobile Welding of Hudson. It will be used to cover the holes in the sidewalk concrete.
The plate, Zeuli said, will be welded to steel portions of the bridge and anchored in solid concrete.
Alderperson Scot O’Malley, chair of the Public Works Committee, warned that more expensive repairs to the bridge will be needed eventually.
“Not a year goes by that we don’t have an emergency with the Walnut Street (dike road) bridge,” O’Malley said. “We will have to address it sometime.”
The city began planning major repairs to the bridge a few years ago, but then tabled the project after learning that state and federal funding for it had been cut.
Mayor Dean Knudson reported that $1,878 was spent to repair the neon “Hudson, Wis.” sign on the dike road arch prior to the Spirit of the St. Croix Days celebration in October.
The council voted to use contingency funds to pay for both the bridge and sign repairs.