Swinging Bridge denied funds

Cottage Grove City Manager Richard Meyers had sad news for the council during the Monday, October 9 meeting. 

The city's Swinging Bridge was not included on a preliminary list of projects that applied for a grant through the state parks commission. 

"We went a presented and more than likely, that list will be improved in November," Meyers said. "So we won't make the official announcement that we have not been funded but we were not on that list." 

The city was hoping to earn between $135,000 and $150,000 to fund repairs of the Swinging Bridge. 

Meyers told the council the city will now be looking towards other funding options. 

The city was presented with three options for repairing or replacing the bridge earlier this year and the board opted to put its effort behind the second option. 

The plan would provide the most movement for the bridge while still maintaining its design. 

The price tag for a bridge that would look like the Swinging Bridge and provide movement similar to the current bridge was estimated at $261,000. 

"Basically, the option is using the existing bridge and replacing the aspects that have failed like the upper cables and the decking," city engineer Bradsby previously told The Sentinel. While the replacements would enable to bridge to swing, OBEC reported that it would exceed the 50 pounds per lineal foot safety standard.

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