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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE During a recent weekly inspection of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, Public Works noticed corrosion and steel loss in the north support column of the 114-year-old bridge. Public Works brought in experts from Great River Engineering Thursday, Feb. 25 to evaluate the bridge for safety. While the bridge is not in imminent danger, it is in the best interest of the public to close it for a minimum of three months starting Tuesday, March 1 to evaluate repair options. During the closure, engineers from Great River will also take an in-depth look at the bridge’s other support columns and develop a larger rehabilitation plan for the entire bridge if needed. # # # For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), [email protected]