Foster Street bridge reopens for two-way traffic, as project nears completion

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Sep. 2—MITCHELL — After being shut down for much of the summer, the Foster Street bridge on the east side of Mitchell reopened Friday morning.

Public Works Director Joe Schroeder said contractors reopened the bridge to two-way traffic Friday morning. During the construction work, the South Foster Street bridge was altered into a single lane traffic pattern with portable stop lights, slowing transportation in the area over the past several months.

The bridge reopening means the project is nearly complete. Schroeder said crews will have minor work left until it reaches full completion in the near future.

The scope of the project entailed repairing unsound concrete, patch work for a concrete barrier and removing and replacing sidewalk approach and expansion joints. In addition, installing a two-coat polymer chip seal and making improvements to the concrete approaches of the bridge were included in the project.

A Bridge Improvement Grant from the state Department of Transportation was awarded to the city, which helped fund roughly 80% of the South Foster Street bridge project.