Van Buren Street Bridge work begins Monday

Van Buren bridge improvements City of Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Division of Public Works Fort Wayne Indiana Main Street Pape Avenue Primco Inc. Spring Street Superior Street Van Buren Street Van Buren Street Bridge Wells Street

City of Fort Wayne news release:

Van Buren Bridge improvements to begin Monday

Fort Wayne, Indiana (January 7, 2021) – The City of Fort Wayne’s Public Works Division today announced enhancements to the Van Buren Bridge over the St. Marys River will begin Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

The work will require the closure of Van Buren Street from Superior Street to Pape Avenue. The closure will begin Monday, Jan. 11 and is expected to last through early August. A detour will be established using Main, Wells, and Spring streets.

Primco, Inc., is the primary contractor for the work with a project investment of $2.5 million. The scope of work includes the super structure replacement of the bridge and scour protection. In addition, there will be a trail constructed, wider sidewalks, and a decorative railing and lighting.

The bridge was originally built in 1934 and reconstructed in 1994. It has a current load limit of 14 tons, giving it a rating of 5 out of 10. The existing pre-stressed concrete box beams are cracking, and the improvement project is necessary to prevent a future full closure of the river crossing from further deterioration of the support beams.

View more AFW posts on the Van Buren Street Bridge replacement project.


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