City seeking bids for the restoration of 122-year-old Jefferson Avenue Footbridge

The city of Springfield is soliciting bids for the rehabilitation of the historic Jefferson Avenue Footbridge.

According to the city, bids will be accepted until 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, April 9, for the 122-year-old cantilever truss bridge.

The bridge was built in 1902 and spans 562 feet. The steel bridge provides pedestrians passage over 13 tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail yard, connecting Chase Street to Commercial Street.

The footbridge was closed on March 1, 2016, after an inspection found corrosion, steel loss and deficiencies in more than one-third of the primary structural members.

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